Observing National Pet Awareness Month With Your Cat

Observing National Pet Awareness Month With Your Cat

The concept of wellness is perhaps best understood as a pursuit, especially when it comes to cats. Of course, an individual feline may be the picture of optimal health, but there’s always room for improvement. This is particularly true for a species that excels at hiding any sign that they are unwell. November is National Pet Awareness Month, and we think it’s a great time to elevate what it means to be truly aware of feline health and safety needs. That way, we can better provide for them.

Digging In

National Pet Awareness Month is an annual campaign that helps pet owners and veterinary professionals align their goals. To achieve vigorous health and optimal development, owners of cats can delve deeper into what it takes to provide excellent, lifestyle-appropriate nutrition, daily enrichment and exercise, and disease prevention. 

Celebrate Your Cat’s Health

One of the best ways to participate in National Pet Awareness Month is to schedule a wellness exam for your cat. Many cats go longer between routine exams than what is ideal (1-2 times a year depending on age and medical history), allowing chronic problems, like periodontal disease, to gain a foothold. 

We know it can be a challenge to convince your cat to willingly enter their travel crate, endure a car ride, and withstand the handling of strangers (even though we are a cat-only hospital!). However, with the goal of raising pet awareness in mind, we aim to work closely with you on understanding your cat’s health needs. 

Did You Know?

As cats age, their risk of developing chronic disease increases. Common conditions facing cats include kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, heart disease, gum disease, cancer, and arthritis. Many of these can be prevented and/or managed with routine care, weight management, and daily exercise. 

We can help you and your cat stay on the path that leads to overall well-being, safety, and comfort. Given the chance to see and treat problems before they get out of hand can positively influence longevity and quality of life. 

Pet Awareness

In addition to scheduling a routine exam, there are lots of other ways cat owners can participate in National Pet Awareness Month, including:

Compile all of their medical records, such as vaccination dates, parasite prevention medication, dental cleanings, etc. Keep a detailed daily journal documenting their eating habits, bathroom routines, interest, and behaviorsHighlight any changes, and call us with your observationsGroom your cat on a weekly scheduleCommit to brushing their teeth regularly

You know your cat better than anyone. If you ever notice anything odd with your cat, or just have mild suspicions they aren’t feeling their best, give us a call at (404) 792-0700. Dr. Mike and staff are always happy to help you become the best cat owner possible.

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