Owning a cat is a joyous experience, which is why so many people have at least one. However, despite their reputation for being low-maintenance, cats need a lot of care. Although they don’t need the daily walks and constant attention that a lot of dogs do, cats still require daily care and attention. There are things you will need to do regularly for your cat, or a yearly, monthly, weekly or even daily basis. It can be hard to remember everything that you need to do, so it’s a good idea to create a schedule. From yearly vet checks and vaccinations to daily play sessions, it’s essential to show your cat love and care.
When you first adopted your cat, either as a kitten or adult, they will have had a course of vaccinations. These vaccinations protect them against diseases such as cat flu and feline enteritis. Most vets recommend that your cat has boosters for these vaccinations once a year, though some might suggest a more relaxed schedule of every two or three years. Some people believe that yearly vaccinations are too much, so it’s best to discuss it with your vet. However, many catteries and other cat care services ask that your cat has had their vaccinations before they come to stay. It’s also a good idea for your cat to have a yearly vet checkup, just to make sure they’re in good health.
There are a few things you can do once a month for your cat’s health. If you use a topical flea treatment, you often need to reapply these every month. It’s a good idea to use something that also protects against ticks. Indoor cats might have a more relaxed schedule or perhaps not even have flea treatments at all. But for outdoor cats, you need to perform feline flea and tick control regularly. It’s essential that you ward off fleas because once they appear, they can be very hard to get rid of. You might also worm your cat monthly too. You can ask your vet about full-spectrum wormers that cover everything from heartworms to tapeworms. Wormers come in tablets, syrups, creams, gels and even as topical treatments, sometimes combined with flea treatments.
Some cat owners choose to clip their cat’s claws. This is very different to “declawing”, which involves removing the nail, and which most experts recommend against doing. Clipping your cat’s claws only requires snipping off the very end of their claws, so they’re not too sharp. If you’ve never done it before, you can take them to the vets or groomers. Ask your vet to show you how to do it, because it’s crucial you don’t cut too far down.
Weekly tasks involve more routine care to help your cats go about their daily lives. Empty and wash out litter boxes, brush your cat and give them a hairball remedy.
There’s so much to do in a day that you might worry about fitting it all in. But it’s all about showering your cat with attention. Of course, you feed them and scoop out their litter trays, but don’t forget to play with them, talk to them and give them plenty of cuddles.