Preventive Care

Routine care e.g. grooming, claw-clipping (like with cutie Calisto here!:), cleaning ears, etc. More articles will be posted; for now, since we get a lot of questions on dentals, here's some information on dental care & something with which cats of all ages sometimes need help  -- assist-feeding.

Sadly, many of us have faced a situation where a kitty loses his/her appetite. This usually happens when they suffer from a disease that makes them feel nauseous, or sick in some way. It is very common for cats with Chronic Renal Failure (CRF), to not want to eat. Even in acute situations, if cats go off their feed, they will often completely lose all interest in food. The longer they go without eating properly, the less they seem to respond to food. It is critical to not let a cat get into this downward spiral.

Dental health is just as critical for cats as it is for humans. To that end, cats need to have their teeth cleaned regularly. If your cat will not tolerate getting her/his teeth cleaned, or eat whole prey or chew on raw meaty bones, plaque can build up on the teeth. If this plaque is not removed/scaled, it hardens and forms tartar (also known as calculus). Cats don't develop cavities the way humans do. Instead, tartar gets in the crevices between kitty's teeth and gums.