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Things That Every Cat Owner Should Know

Skin and coat conditions are one of the top reasons why clients bring their cats to visit us. If your cat is itchy or has a dull/dry/oily or flaky skin, you must consider the food. Often times parasites and fungal infections are to be blamed for this condition, while on some other occasions the reason could be the lack of essential fatty acids in pet food formulas. The dry skin condition often leads to dermatitis. Ringworm is also very common in cats. Ringworm is a fungus of the skin that could be transmitted from pets to people and vice-versa. That is why, at the first sign of hair loss, itchiness, dryness, dullness or flakiness, you must bring your pet in. The sooner we diagnose, the faster they will get cured.

Cats need oral hygiene too! If neglected, it not only does make your cat’s mouth smell awful, but can actually cause serious oral and internal organ function problems. However, this is something that owners can easily help prevent. Our dental cleaning packages are fairly priced at $115, so all of our pets can have a clean healthy mouth. Many of our feline diets will also help prevent tartar buildup by scraping the teeth as they chew. If you are able, or if your pet will allow, we also have a complete line of oral hygiene products to choose from ranging from finger brushing being the best to treats that can just be handed out to them.

Obesity is a major problem among the cat population as well. When a pet comes in for a physical examination at our pet hospital in Miami, we use a body condition score to assess the pet’s body condition and offer recommendations. Helping cats maintain a healthy weight lowers their risk of diabetes and other conditions resulting in a healthier and happier life. Diets sold through veterinarians are high in digestible proteins and low in calories giving all nutrients needed without the extra calories. Also consider exercising them by making them chase cat toys around the house.

Changes in our environment affect our cats mentally and physically. Cats are extremely sensitive to many things around us. Even the visit of a friend can affect them. Most sensitivities will reflect in: general appearance, digestive, oral and weight problems. Remaining alert to any of these changes can help you and us veterinarians identify a problem faster to promptly correct an issue to make sure your pet lives a healthier and happier life.

Gastrointestinal problems could be a sign of several conditions, so it’s always good to start with the basics and make sure your cat is eating highly digestible protein foods. Also cats can get addicted to the shape of the kibble so try to stay with the same shape or better yet buy foods with several shapes, so if due to a medical condition, you have to change diets in the future, you will not have a problem. Cats will starve to death if they do not like the food.

We are here to help with our advanced veterinary care services. A preventive physical exam at least once a year or every six months will help your cat live a happier and healthier life.