Did you know that most summer cat diseases are preventable? According to our veterinary team at AllPets Vets, cat owners in Prestatyn can lower the risk of their feline friend contracting a common cat illness, by carrying out a few simple checks this summer. Follow our checklist below.
Richard’s three summer checks every cat owner should make:
1. Check your cat’s vaccinations are up to date
The risk from infectious common cat diseases is greater in summer as there are more cats outdoors. Cats are routinely vaccinated against the below diseases to give them optimal protection:
- Feline Infectious Enteritis
- Feline Herpes Virus
- Feline Calicivirus
- Feline Leukaemia Virus (optional)
The schedule for some vaccines may differ depending on your cat’s age and lifestyle. For example, indoor cats may need less frequent vaccines for certain diseases than outdoor cats, and some vaccines last longer than 12 months. If you’re unsure whether your cat is due a vaccination and you’re registered with AllPets Vets, get in touch and our team can help.
2. Check your cat for obvious signs of illness
Cats can be masters of disguise when it comes to illness and pain. However, there are some common, obvious signs that your cat might be sick: sneezing, coughing, runny eyes & nose, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, and lethargy.
If your cat is due a vaccination, our vets can give them a nose-to-tail health check at the same time to look for any potential problems. Talk to us about your cat’s vaccinations and health.
3. Check your cat for ticks and other parasites
- Check your cat for ticks when they come home for the day by running your fingers through their fur and feeling for little hard bumps. You’ll need a special tick removal tool to avoid leaving the tick’s head in, as this increases the risk of disease transmission. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, a debilitating condition that can affect cats, dogs, and humans.
- While you’re there, it’s worthwhile checking your cat for signs of fleas & roundworms. Always wash your hands after and ask our team what to look out for if you’re unsure.
Our Grange Road team can talk to you about the best combination of preventative treatments to give your cat optimal protection from parasites and common diseases. They can also tell you about our pet health plan that can save you money on preventative cat care. Just give us a call on 01745 853 366.
During COVID lockdowns, did you spend way more time than normal at home with your cat? Did you both eat more and do less? Chances are, weight gain and separation anxiety could now be an issue… for your cat.
You may need to help your cat adjust now that you’re returning to some kind of normality and leaving the house more. Our head nurse has some advice on COVID cat concerns.
COVID Cat obesity:
Social distancing from your sofa, cat on lap, sharing snacks… sound familiar? Doing less and eating more leads to weight gain. If your cat is overweight, their quality & length of life can suffer. There’s no need to panic, AllPets’ nursing team can help.
Book your cat in for a weight check and body condition score review. Our nurses can advise you on the best foods for overweight cats, and ways to get your cat moving more.
COVID Cat separation anxiety:
You hear about dogs, but can cats get separation anxiety? Yes. Cats are often seen as ‘aloof’, but are in fact very attached to their owners. They’re typically not as vocal or destructive about it as dogs, which is why cat separation anxiety often goes unnoticed until it’s severe. It can be caused by change or a lack of stimuli, and when forming a dysfunctional bond i.e. prolonged time at home with you.
Anxiety in cats usually presents as behaviour issues:
– your cat cries when you leave, loudly and excessively
– they’ve started urinating on your clothes or soiling other areas indoors
– licking and self-grooming has become an obsession
– your cat has become clingy or takes self-isolation too far
– changes at mealtimes i.e. eating too fast or not eating
– vomiting & diarrhoea (common for other health issues, get checked if more than 24 hrs)
If your cat is displaying some of these new behaviours, it’s a good idea to get them checked by our team. Some health issues can also cause behavioural changes. If needed, our team can talk to you about getting support from an experienced pet behaviourist.
4 ways you can help your cat adjust after lockdown:
1. Cut the snacks, but talk to our team before changing your cat’s main diet.
2. Add more stimuli to their environment for when you’re not there – cat activity centres and toys can also help with weight loss.
3. Designate time each day for playing and grooming – great for exercise and bonding.
4. Ask us about using plugin diffusers that omit natural pet pheromones to soothe your cat.
If you’d like to chat about these topics or anything else, AllPets’ friendly nurses are happy to help. To talk to us about your cat, call 1745 853 366.