Being a cat caregiver isn’t all catnip and cuddles. Providing the best care for your cat starts with you! Here are some easy steps to follow to provide excellent care of your cat.

1) Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Cats need annual preventive care check-ups, just like humans. For your cat to remain healthy, they need yearly check-ups. Senior cats and those with chronic conditions might require more frequent visits. These visits are important to your cat’s individualized healthcare plan.

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2) Make Your Cat Feel Comfortable

You know to give your cat food, water, and a litter box, but did you know cats have their own set of environmental needs or supplies that include a safe place to sleep, familiar territory, and perhaps a scratching post? Each cat in the household needs a separate set of these resources.

3) Observe Routine Behavior

Every cat is unique so you should know what is “average” for your specific cat. Pay attention to a few simple details about your cat’s daily routine and you will not miss early signs that something is wrong. Noticing subtle changes in normal routines may alert you to an issue that you can address with your veterinarian before it turns into a problem.

4) Beware of Hazardous Toxins & Poisons

With their keen sense of curiosity, as well as dedication to cleanliness, cats can get into trouble by making contact with poisonous substances. Familiarize yourself with items that can be harmful to your cat by viewing a list of common feline toxins.

5) Visit a Cat Friendly Practice®

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When designated as a Cat Friendly Practice®, veterinary clinics have proven they have taken specific steps to assure they understand a cat’s unique needs, have implemented feline-friendly standards, and have made changes to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment for your cat. Some Cat Friendly Practices® have feline-only waiting areas or exam rooms.” To find a Cat Friendly Practice® near you, visit our Veterinary Professional and Practice search.