Looking for tips on caring for your cat during a pandemic? The quarantine and pandemic do not just affect us. Our furry friends need regular vet visits, high-quality food, and lots of cuddles as well. Here are a few tips that will keep your cat happy for the long term.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Royal Canin. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’m talking all about cats today!
As all of you know, I’m a HUGE cat lady. I often share videos and photos of my sweet babes on Instagram and Facebook but today I’m going to take a second to talk about them on the blog.
I teamed up with Royal Canin to get the word out about their new Cat2Vet month-long campaign. Which is a campaign all about how important it is for your furry indoor and outdoor friends to get regular vet care.
Below I’m going to share a few tips about why it’s important for your cats to receive vet care, what to look out for, how to manage vet visits during a pandemic,
Why do cats need regular vet visits?
Just like humans, pets should be seen regularly by a doctor. Not only do they need yearly vaccines but cats are VERY good at hiding when they don’t feel well.
This means that if you wait for your cat to let you know they don’t feel well it could be too late.
A recent study showed that 24% of indoor cat owners feel that indoor cats do not yearly vaccines. While it’s true that indoor cats are oftentimes less at risk there is always a chance they could contract something that they would have been protected by if they had been vaccinated.
For example – if an animal gets into your house and bites your unvaccinated cat you risk having to quarantine your cat for rabies. Why take that risk?
Plus, if your cat accidentally sneaks outside it’s nice to know they are protected.
How do I know if my cat isn’t feeling well?
Since cats are masters of disguise this means they are professionals at hiding when they don’t feel well.
However, there are a few signs that can tip you off to health concerns.
- Changes in appetite or water intake – are they eating less? Drinking less?
- Coughing or sneezing – while it’s normal for cats to occasionally sneeze are they doing it a lot?
- Acting lethargic or not like themselves – have you noticed they have been sleeping more than usual? Hiding more?
- Vomiting – if you’re a cat owner you’ll know the occasional throw-up or hairball is normal but is it happening more often than usual?
- Changes in stool quality – are you noticing diarrhea or extremally hard stool?
- More or less urine in the litter box – if you notice your cat peeing more than usual or less than normal it’s very important to have it checked out. Especially for male cats. They are very prone to UTI’s.
How does the vet operate during a pandemic?
I have had to visit the vet several times during quarantine.
Every single time has gone well and the vet’s office takes MAJOR steps in making sure everyone stays safe.
They offer curbside pickup of your cat and will then do a video call with you while they examine your pet. This is a great option because it keeps the vets safe and you’re still getting 1 on 1 care.
Other vet offices may offer telehealth visits or mobile/housecall visits. In fact, in my area of North Carolina, there are several mobile vet offices. This can be a great option for aggressive or extremely stressed cats who do not like traveling in cars or being in carriers.
Of course, emergency vet hospitals are also open during this time for 24/7 care.
What about your cats?
Thanks for asking!
I have 2 adorable cats – Tobias and Cashew.
Toby is almost 4 years old and Cashew is about 1-1/2 years old. Both are adorable and perfect in every single way.
Ok, that’s not true but I love them so they can do no wrong.
Toby has been a super healthy cat and loves nothing more than parkouring around the house.
Cashew is very petite and suffers from Cerebellar Hypoplasia. She will live a perfectly long and healthy life but she is just a little different than “normal” cats. I’ll tell you all about CH below!
What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH)?
Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a condition where the cerebellum portion of the brain never fully developed. This means when she walks she wobbles! Some people call it drunk kitty syndrome.
While there is nothing medically that can change this condition it’s still important she is seen regularly by a doctor to make sure she is still thriving.
Since Cashew’s condition is considered mild she is able to do all the things on her own. Including – going to the bathroom, climbing up the cat tree, jumping down, running, etc. It’s just she looks a little different than most cats.
She also suffered some facial tremors that look painful but actually cause zero pain.
Her life expectancy is the same as any other cat, she is not in pain, and does not know she is any different than her brother Toby.
How can I find the perfect cat?
Spend some times at adoption events or visiting shelters. It’s a little more complicated with the pandemic BUT some shelters are still allowing visitors if they stick to social distancing and wear a mask.
When you go to a shelter take the time to interact with the cats and talk to the shelter workers or volunteers. Tell them what you’re looking for in a cat and they can oftentimes help you pick the perfect match.
Don’t forget to check out of the senior cats as well. They are great companions for folks who want a cat that is less high energy.
New to owning a cat?
I grew up with cats so the second I got out on my own I knew I wanted to adopt a sweet furry baby right away!
However, I also realize that not everyone grew up with a cat.
That’s why Royal Canin teamed up with Hannah Shaw (aka: The Kitten Lady) to help put together a cat-centric web series covering everything cat! They talk about everything from cat health to cat behavior to cat nutrition.
This is a great resource to help teach you what’s normal to what you should look out for.
Any other tips?
Are you curious about your cat’s health? You can receive a complimentary chat with a veterinarian 24/7, brought to you by Royal Canin and Ask.Vet.
And if you purchase your favorite Royal Canin cat food from PetSmart you can receive a free vet visit from Banfield! Or if online is more your thing you’ll be happy to know that your Royal Canin cat food purchase from Chewy.com supports veterinary care for shelter cats through GreaterGood.org.
Also, you can enter the #Cat2Vet sweepstakes to win a prize pack to help you get ready for your cat’s next vet visit. Every entry will also receive a free sample of Royal Canin Hematuria Detection by Blücare. Make sure to enter the sweepstakes now!