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3 Top Ways to Keep Your Cat Safe in 2017

Happy New Year! Are you starting this year out with a feline buddy at your side? Fluffy may not know—or care—about the holiday, but she will no doubt keep you smiling in the coming year with her cute antics and adorable personality. Why not include your kitty in your resolutions this year? Here, a local Cameron Park, CA vet offers some tips on keeping your cat safe this year.

Keep Your Kitty Indoors

Although our feline friends often really enjoy fun outdoor activities like rolling around in the driveway and digging up flowerbeds, Fluffy is actually much safer indoors. Cats that are allowed to wander are at much greater risk of being lost, hurt, or even killed. Cars, weather, predators, dangerous plants, and chemicals can all threaten your cute pet. Keep your furball safe and sound indoors. To give your furry little explorer a taste of outside, turn your patio into a catio by adding kitty furniture and pet-safe plants. You can find a list of safe plants on the ASPCA site.

Regular Veterinary Care

Make sure Fluffy gets proper veterinary care. Regular exams allow your vet to check for any changes that could indicate medical issues. It’s also important for kitties to be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up to date on all vaccines and parasite control products. In between visits, keep a close eye on your feline buddy’s health, and watch for potential signs of illness. Some common ones are lethargy; reduced appetite; poor grooming; litterbox issues; vomiting; and unusual vocalizations or behavior. Cats often mask their symptoms, so you may not realize your pet is sick until she’s very ill. Therefore, it’s very important to contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Catproofing

Fluffy may be super cuddly, but at the end of the day, your adorable little furball has the instincts of a predator. While your housecat may only ‘catch’ the occasional catnip mouse, she’ll probably be very interested in practicing her hunting skills by playing with various objects. This can be quite dangerous! Remove or secure toxic plants; medications; plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; small items; sharp objects; wires and cords. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health? Is Fluffy due for veterinary care? Contact us, your Cameron Park, CA vet hospital, anytime.

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