Top 4 Pet Wellness Care Tips for Outdoor Cats
Does your cat love to explore the outdoors? If so, you cat may benefit from additional preventative care measures designed to protect his health and safety. Sadly, cats that spend time primarily outdoors are at greater health risk than indoor cats. This is because they are at increased risk for dangers including traumatic injuries, parasites, and infectious diseases. With proactive pet wellness care, however, you can help your outdoor cat live a long and healthy life.
Lakewood Veterinarian Shares Feline Pet Wellness Care Tips
#1: Keep your cat up-to-date on pet vaccinations.
Your outdoor cat is at increased risk for contracting highly contagious upper respiratory infections, distemper and feline leukemia from other cats. In addition to routine pet vaccinations, your cat may also need to be vaccinated against feline leukemia (FeLV) an immunosuppressive virus that is easily transferred between cats.
#2: Know when to seek pet emergency care.
Territorial disputes are common between cats outside and can lead to traumatic injuries, such as bites and scratches. Abscesses commonly occur after fights; a veterinarian should always clean these wounds to prevent infection. When in doubt about a wound or injury, seek pet emergency care.
#3: Conduct monthly spot checks for parasites.
In addition to fleas and ticks, outdoor cats are more likely to be infected with parasites such as hookworms and roundworms. Administer a medicated flea/tick preventative each month and check your cat for symptoms of external parasites. Your cat should also be tested regularly for internal parasites such as worms. Since cats are experts at masking the symptoms of illness, these checks are the best way to diagnose and treat parasites before you cat’s health is compromised.
#4: Treat your cat’s allergies.
Cats can be allergic to the same substances that bother humans, including tree pollen, ragweed pollen, mold spores and dust mites. These allergies can be worsened if your cat spends a lot of time outdoors. If you think that your cat may have allergies, talk to our Lakewood veterinarian about the different treatment options.
In addition, with the number of coyotes in the area, wild animals can also serve as a big danger to your outside cats. Make sure you are taking extra safety measures for your felines who are prone to roam outdoors.
Do you take extra precautionary measures with your outdoor cat?