Spring Cleaning for Your Cats Optimal Health

Start out your cats Spring with clean bedding, water bowls, food dishes,bedding, litter boxes and more. I wash my cats bedding in hot soapy water with fabric softener. My cats love fresh fluffy clean bedding to sleep on. I clean out each food dish and water bowl and replace old plastic ones that are hard to get 100 % clean. I clean the litter boxes outdoors with dish pan soap and a good firm brush or replace them with new litter boxes.

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For farm cats replace there old straw bedding with nice fresh straw or hay if that is all that is available at the time. Clean up there food and water bowls. Check their heated cat beds for cracks or other hazards and have a replacement bed on hand for next winter. Heated cat beds are on sale in the late spring and summer months.

Clean the tile or vinyl floors or carpet in your house so hopefully you will not have to deal with fleas in your house and on your cats. I bathe some of my cats and I brush and comb out their hair on a regular basis. Change your litter often as fleas like to bred in dirty litter boxes and dirty litter that gets on your floors. Do not let your cats outdoors as they can pick up fleas from being outdoors. Fleas can cause health problems for you and your cat. If your cat gets fleas regardless of all your precautions take him to your vet to get treated ASAP. You will need to have an exterminator come to your home to get rid of your flea infestation.

Take your cats to your vet to have their teeth checked as bad teeth can cause a lot of health problems. Get all of your cats vaccinations up to date as the old saying goes an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Ask your vet about flea and heart worm medicine for cats and a shot for feline leukemia. I hope you and your cats have a wonderful and healthy Spring.

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Cleaning your cats Teeth

IMG_1613I prefer feeding my cats dental treats to keep their teeth clean.

I once tried one of the plastic tooth brushes that you put on your finger. I put my finger with the brush on in my cats mouth, he bit down and blood was running down my finger. I brushed his teeth regardless.Ordinary cat tooth brushes work well. I put a special tooth paste on for cats only that you can purchase from your vet or pet supply store.

My cats are feed mainly dry cat food. Feeding a lot of wet canned cat food can lead to quicker tooth decay.

My cats go to the vet to have their teeth cleaned. The general age for their first cleaning is 5 to 9 years old. Neglecting cleaning your cats teeth can lead to heart disease and other serious health issues.

I adopted an older cat that had not had her teeth cleaned when she should have over the years. I took her to my vet.He found that several of her teeth needed to be removed. He removed the bad teeth and also cleaned her teeth at the same time.Her teeth were bright and shiny when I picked her up.

I discovered that she had bad teeth when I scratched her under her chin. She would wince in pain when I scratched her under her chin.  Cats will also start licking their teeth and putting their paw in their mouth to rub at the bad tooth. You may notice your cat having difficulty eating her food.

Certain breeds of cats will need their teeth cleaned sooner than others will. I have had more problems with cats that have long hair.

Even if your cat has had a lot of teeth removed over the years they still seem to get along fine with eating dry cat food. If they won’t eat the dry cat food anymore make the switch to canned cat food.

Give your cat the gift of bright and shiny teeth.

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