No cat-owner wants to find themselves in a situation where they have to bring their cat into an emergency veterinarian. Still, it happens every day. And while not all cat emergencies are preventable, a good number of them are. Here are a few preventative steps you can take to reduce your chances of having an emergency with your beloved felines.
Watch for Chewing
It’s no secret that cats have a tendency to chew on things: electrical cords, plastic, and Styrofoam–nothing is considered off-limits to a curious kitty. That’s why it’s important for you to do your part in preventing accidents caused by chewing. If your cat has a tendency to chew on plastic or Styrofoam, keep these items out of reach and discipline your cat when he or she tries to chew on such objects.
If your cat likes to chew on electrical cords, protect him or her from shock by investing in some plastic cord covers.
Avoid Dangerous Foods
There are all kinds of foods that should never be fed to a cat. Dairy is a prime example of something that cats should never eat, but many pet owners think it’s good for their cats to feed them milk or yogurt. After all, kittens drink milk from their mothers when they’re born, right? This is true, but the fact remains that most cats naturally develop a form of lactose intolerance once they’re weaned. As such, it’s better to keep them away from foods containing dairy, as this can cause serious stomach upset.
Keep Up-to-Date on Vaccinations
Finally, make sure your cats are up-to-date on all vaccinations. Doing so can help to prevent a medical emergency in addition to giving you greater peace of mind as a pet owner. If you have a vet that your cats have been seeing, he or she should provide you with some kind of notification when the time comes for your cats to receive another round of vaccinations.
Following these tips just might protect your cat from an emergency situation, but we understand that not all cat emergencies are preventable. If your pet is in need of emergency care, please contact us right away.