9 Ways to Keep Your Cat’s Heart Healthy
“Cats have it all: admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.” - Rod McKuen
As we celebrate the month of hearts, let’s not forget about our little feline friends who can suffer from heart problems too. Here are 7 ways to keep your cat’s heart healthy:
Having a healthy weight is good for your pet’s overall health. Even with just a few extra pounds, your pet can have type 2 diabetes that can lead to heart disease.
A healthy diet will help your cat maintain a healthy weight. It also ensures that your furry baby gets all the nutrients she needs to stay healthy. A well-balanced diet should include the right amounts of protein, fats, oils, vitamins, minerals, water, and carbs.
Just like with humans, regular exercise is good for your cat’s heart. Make kitty chase a toy a few minutes a day to make her move. Also, climbing a scratching post a few times every now and then is better than not moving at all.
Regular Health Checks
Regular health checks give the vet a chance to monitor your pet’s heart health and catch symptoms of disease early and provide proper treatment before it gets worse.
Ticks and fleas are common pests that infest cats. Your cat can suffer from itching, rashes, skin infection, and other skin irritations that can stress the heart. Like dogs, cats can also get heartworms. The death of adult heartworms can be fatal to cats so the best way is to prevent your cat from being bitten by mosquitos carrying heartworm. This can be done by applying monthly preventative spot-on treatments.
Proper Oral Care
Oral disease is one of the most common conditions that cats encounter, and it’s strongly related to heart disease. So giving your pet proper oral care is a top priority.
Ensure Adequate Sleep
Cats love to sleep. They are mostly asleep than they are awake. They do this to conserve energy or recharge so they will have the energy to run around, chase, or play. Cats sleep 15 to 20 hours a day but senior cats and kittens tend to sleep longer than adult cats do. Make sure that they have a comfortable spot where they can get the right amount of sleep they need.
Some cat breeds are more prone to have heart disease than other breeds. These breeds include Persians, Ragdolls, American Shorthairs, and Maine Coons. If your kitty belongs to any of these breeds, you should be aware of the signs and symptoms of feline heart disease. This knowledge can save your pet’s life in the future.
Watch Out for Symptoms
Although heart disease can be genetic, most of the time it’s acquired. If you notice the following signs and symptoms in your cat, contact your vet immediately:
- Poor appetite
- Weight loss
- Breathing difficulty
- Leg paralysis
A cat’s heart health depends mainly on its genetic makeup and the environment it lives in. You can never tell which cat will or will not have heart problems so the best thing you can do is to make sure that you take preventive measures to ensure that your cat’s heart is at its healthiest as possible for the longest time possible.