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06/06/2010 16:26:54 PM by Dr.Greg   Send Message to Dr.Greg  5323  views, category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips view all blogs


Keeping our pets healthy is more important than ever. Our cats are often considered a part of the family and their health and comfort is just as important as us, our partners, or children. What is the best way to do that?

 

Good health starts with preventative medicine. Vaccines and worming in kittens prepare them for exposure to the viruses and bacteria that can be spread by unvaccinated cats in your area. Blood tests for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids will make sure that your kitten is not infected with a terminal disease that can be spread to other cats. This usually takes 2-3 visits and costs 100-400 depending on the type of veterinary hospital or vaccination clinic you use.

 

Many veterinary hospitals are vaccinating cats less because of the incidence of tumors caused by vaccines. Studies have shown that the most important vaccines are the first few years of life. Vaccines may not be that important from 6 years on. Yearly cost is 100-200 dollars.

 

Rabies may be considered if your cat is an outside cat and is exposed to racoons, skunks, or bats. 15-30 dollars.

 

After the vaccination series and blood tests, neutering is very important for social, psychological, and health reasons. Cats are descendants of solitary predators and some cats retain those traits (reclusive and intolerant of other cats in their territory). Neutering helps prevent unwanted litters. It also curtails hormonally induced “wanderlust” which may put the lustful one in front of a car, dog, or hateful cat. Neutering of males and females is usually done between 4-6 months of age. Males are cheaper due to the type of surgery.  To neuter a male costs 75-120, and a female from 120-250 depending on the clinic.

 

Flea control is important to use if you see fleas. make sure that the insecticide is labeled for cats, and you may not want to use these products if fleas are not evident.

 

Dental cleanings prevent gum disease and abscesses. Cats that chew on mice, rats, lizards, or pieces of chicken willl have cleaner teeth. Cost is 300-600 dollars.

 

Diet is also as important as vaccination and neutering. As individual cats age they may show signs that ingredients in the diet are not right for them. Dry food makes some cats obese which can lead to diabetes and other health problems. Grain, lack of moisture, and preservatives in dry foods can also lead to chronic vomiting and diarrhea which is called feline inflammatory bowel disease or urinary blockages. All  of these health concerns can lead to veterinary costs and daily medications. It is much better for all to consider dietary changes before the problems set in. (Dog Dish Diet details dietary changes that will keep both cats and dogs healthier). Check my book and website at http://dogdishdiet.com . Use a quality no grain canned cat food and it may save you money.

 

Veterinary costs are escalating due to new technology, labor costs, and emergency clinics. Sickness and injury can be costly. Pet insurance can help soften the blow of these unexpected situations. If you can budget 30-50 dollars per month on average, it may be worth it in the long run. Make sure the policy covers emergency situations at your desired deductible.

 



About the author: I love animals and their bond with us. My new book Dog Dish Diet: Sensible Nutrition for Your Dog's Health is out and available on my website (http://dogdishdiet.com ). I have been an animal lover my whole life. As a teenager, I worked at a pet sh... more >>

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