As a cat owner, you know that flea and tick control is a critical part of maintaining the health of your pet. Additionally, ensuring that the animal is fed a balanced diet goes into keeping cat wellness intact. However, not everyone covers all the bases when it comes to cat ownership. In many instances, individuals fall behind or simply don't know what they should be doing to keep their pets healthy.
Recently, PetMD reported some alarming statistics on cat health and what owners are failing to do for the sake of their felines. Approximately 58 percent of all cats are thought to be overweight, which can inevitably lead to complications like diabetes over time. By age 3, about 70 percent of cats show signs of dental disease. Additionally, there has been a 12 percent increase in the number of cats that have been diagnosed with fleas in recent years.
So what does this all mean?
The most common assumption is that cat owners aren't doing enough to keep these issues from developing. Because many of these problems are preventable, it's critical for cat owners to take proactive steps to prevent parasites, dental concerns and obesity in their pets. Research has also shown that less people are taking their cats to the vet for check-ups, which might explain why these health complications are evolving and going undetected.
How can I take care of my cat?
It's never too late to start taking your cat's health into consideration. Using a product such as Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Collar for Cats and Kittens can keep fleas, ticks and mosquitoes – all of which might be harboring diseases that can negatively influence your pet – for up to seven months.
Another tip you might want to take into account is feeding your cat wet food more often, according to ABC News. As opposed to kibble, wet food has higher water content and more protein. This is one easy trick you can adopt to help you cat en route to a more balanced diet. If you're interested in finding more ways to keep your cat happy and healthy, talk to your veterinarian about doing so for the sake of your pet.
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