February is nationwide cat well being month

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) – February is national cat health month, and veterinarians are keen to remind owners to take proper care of their furry friends.

Dr. James Hotham of Hothams Veterinary Services says people should clean their litter boxes daily to prevent urinary tract infections and kidney problems. He adds that you should also brush them several times a week so they don’t get hairballs. He says that people should also be careful about how they feed their cats, as overfeeding can lead to obesity.

“Follow the directions on the bags, and that should be pretty accurate. Sometimes it’s an overestimation of what they need, and in fact, wet cat food is probably better than dry food, as cats tend not to drink much water the more moisture they can consume in the wet food that helps their pipes to close flush and have better urinary health. “

Dr. Hotham also says if you see a feral or stray cat give animal control a call. He says that when you start to worry about it, you become responsible for it. He also wants to remind people to invite your pets for an annual checkup and if they have an illness, take you to the vet twice a year to keep them healthy and happy.

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