All Cats

Looking for general cat care tips, or just to brush up on what you already know? You’ve landed in the right place to help your feline friends live their nine lives to the fullest.

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Care Protocols for Every Cat

Cat Healthy Protocols are a set of guidelines developed by Canada’s feline specialist veterinarians. These protocols set a standard of care for cats and are used by veterinarians around the world. We make the protocols available to cat parents to help you understand what happens during your cat’s visits to the clinic.

Kitten 0 - 1
Adult 1 - 8
Senior 8+

Your cat and the veterinarian

80% of owners assume their cats are not only self-sufficient, but in excellent health.

And, 33% of owners only take their pet to the veterinarian if it’s sick. This is unfortunate, because regular care can help prevent many health problems from happening in the first place. Plus, other health conditions can be caught early, when they may be easier and less expensive to treat, while offering reduced suffering for your cat.

Benefits of preventative care

Prevent painful dental disease

Regular dental care can keep your cat’s mouth healthy and pain free, while preventing inflammation in other parts of their bodies.

Avoid serious diseases

Even indoor-only cats can be at risk for dangerous disease. Regular vaccinations can help keep them protected.

Eliminate behaviour problems

Your veterinarian can help with concerns about litter box use and management, along with house soiling, scratching and other problems.

Prevent parasites

A clinical approach to parasite prevention includes recognizing geographic, seasonal and lifestyle factors and is recommended for all cats.

Avoid weight problems

Diet, weight, body condition score and muscle condition all play into your cat’s overall health. Staying on top of their weight can pay dividends later in life.

Promote longevity

Regular, preventative care for cats helps ensure a long, healthy life for our feline friends while reducing the likelihood of stressful, surprise trips to the veterinarian.

Preparing my cat for a visit to the veterinarian

Take the following steps and you can make a trip to the clinic less stressful for both you and your cat.

  • Always transport your cat in a cat carrier
  • Each cat should have its own carrier
  • The best carriers open from the top or front while also coming apart so your cat can remain in the bottom for most of the exam if they wish
  • Help your cat get used to the carrier by leaving it open in the house and placing treats, toys or food inside
  • Place a soft, clean towel or familiar bedding in the bottom of the carrier
  • Spray the carrier with a facial pheromone (e.g., Feliway) 10-15 minutes before travelling
  • Secure the carrier in the footwell of the back seat of the car to avoid movement during transport and airbag injuries
  • When moving the carrier, keep it stable and horizontal
  • Place a towel over the top of the carrier to help calm your cat and prevent other pets in the waiting room from making direct eye contact

Quiz

When is it time to go to the veterinarian?

Cats don’t always make it easy to know when they might need to see a veterinarian. Outside of regularly scheduled visits, do you know when you should head to the clinic? Take this quiz from That’s Cat For, developed in partnership with Cat Healthy & Royal Canin.

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