Cat Health Care

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Providing the small deity in your house with appropriate cat health care, as you are aware, sometimes may seem thankless. If so, consider getting a dog as well and offset the problem. To be serious, however, the obvious elements in cat health care are wholesome food and fresh water, plenty of comfortable places to sleep and abundant sunshine, and last but not least--respect and dignified adoration. These are the basics.

Cat Health Care: Quality of Life

Some animal welfare advocates believe quite strongly that cat health care entails an exclusively indoor environment. This is a judgment call you must make based on a number of factors. Quality of life and cat health care do mean ensuring as best you can that your cat has a long and healthy future.

This means not declawing your cat. It is inhumane. It is amputating the last joint of your cat's paws, interfering with the natural balance they depend on in movement. It is depriving a cat of its natural defenses, its ability to (should the need arise) feed itself in the wild. If you are concerned about the upholstery in your home, there are many alternatives. Declawing is not a viable one.

The same household products and plants that are a danger to dogs are a danger to cats, excepting chocolate and with a few additions. Among these are aspirin and aspirin substitutes, Lysol, Pine Sol, Phisoderm, phenolgroup coal and wood tar derivatives, antifreezes, pesticides, and some houseplants and garden flowers (including philodendron, peace lily, ivy, snapdragon, wisteria, iris and hydrangea).

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