While keeping your cat indoors may provide a safer lifestyle with a significant reduction of infectious diseases and injuries, it doesn’t mean your kitty will never get sick. Here are just a few diseases don’t stop at your front door.
- Diabetes and obesity: If your cat is living life as a couch potato, he may be at higher risk for weight gain and diabetes. Make sure your pet is on a proper diet and provide them physical activities indoors with cat trees, walkways, and designated play time.
- Dental problems: Plaque, tartar, and tooth decay happen regardless of where your cat lives and can take a toll on their overall health. Taking her in for a dental check up and working with your veterinarian to develop a dental routine can help.
- Bladder stones and blockage: Especially a concern in male cats, bladder stones can require surgery and blockage can be fatal. If you think your cat may be blocked, visit a veterinary ER right away.
- Arthritis: Cats can develop arthritis just like we do as we age. Ask your veterinarian about joint supplements and pain management methods.
- Cancer: Indoor cats are not immune to tumors. Getting routine physical exams and blood work can help to spot any abnormalities early on.
- Hyperthyroidism: While there is a wide variety of causes for this disease, older cats seem to be the most affected.
- Parasites: Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos can all sneak into your home through an open door or window. Parasite prevention products, like Revolution, are available through your veterinarian.
- And many more!
Here at Emerald Animal Hospital, our primary goal is the best health for your pet. We offer a wide range of preventative care as well as diagnostics and treatment plans. 2017 is over halfway gone, so be sure to get your feline friend in for their annual exam! Give us a call at 216-749-7161 to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to meet you and your fur-baby!