Indoor cat health dangers possible just because your cat stays inside.
By Claude West (Cat Man)
Spring is nearing most places and that means the insect population will be rebuilding. Your indoor cat health is still at risk because fleas and mosquitos can come inside and infect kitty!
Both mosquitoes and fleas can access your home when doors are open or hitching a ride with you or other animals. Veterinarians are reporting an increased incidence of flea and worm infections with indoor cats. Areas with a large mosquito problem must be on the alert. Start treating your cat with natural insect repellants designed for animals. I like to shop for natural products online and grab a coupon code for additional savings.
Prevention methods for indoor cat health:
Having self-closing screen doors hanging on the exit doors also helps keep the mosquitos outside. I live in a low risk area for mosquitoes and have self-closing screen doors. Still will get several mosquitoes in the house over the season. There is no perfect way to prevent them from flying into the house. So treating your indoor cats is the best solution.
Fleas could be coming from your neighbor’s pets grooming on your doormat. There are many other possibilities to access your kitty. Besides treating your cat, you need to treat areas in the home where the fleas may be living. All areas that your cat lays on are possible flea harborages. Small items can go in the washer and then put in a dryer set for high temperature and larger items may have to be steam cleaned.
Here are some tips to help indoor cat health:
- Use a safe and effective flea product to prevent flea infestations. Consult your veterinarian for choosing the best product for your cat. Follow the directions on the label carefully when using a flea product. Do not use flea products not specifically labeled as being safe for cats. Many products that are safe for dogs are not safe for cats.
- Administer a monthly heartworm preventive medication to your cat year ‘round. Many of these products also provide some protection against roundworms and hookworm infections.
- Have your cat examined by your veterinarian on a regular basis.
- Have your cat’s feces examined periodically for parasites. This should be a microscopic examination performed by your veterinarian. It is possible to see adult roundworms or tapeworm segments in your cat’s feces. If you see worms in your cat’s feces, bring the worm to your veterinarian for identification.
One of the best solutions for indoor cat health is improving its immune system with a proper cat diet and some natural immunity builders. A healthy cat can resist parasites, viruses, and bacteria far better and the diet is the key to success.
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