Cat healthy for Owners
It’s always kinder – and less expensive – to prevent your cat from developing health problems than it is to treat them. And from kitty’s purrspective, it is a whole lot nicer to not get sick in the first place! Now, you have access to a list of preventive healthcare guidelines developed – just for you – by Canada’s veterinary feline specialists. Your veterinarian’s recommendations may vary slightly, depending on your cat’s individual risks.
Preventive Healthcare protocols
To download simplified preventive healthcare guidelines, click on your cat’s life stage below
Did you know?
Cats are fastidious creatures, spending about one-third of their waking hours cleaning themselves.
It’s estimated that 57.6% of cats are obese.1
Cats may scratch at furniture as a marking behaviour. By providing scratching posts and trimming nails every few weeks, owners can keep cats satisfied and furniture intact.
Cats generally lack the enzyme to digest dairy products, so feeding them milk or cream can make them sick.
There are 8.8 million cats in 37% of Canadian households.2
Cats are obligate carnivores.
They need protein from meat and fish and will become ill on a vegetarian diet.
Polydactyl cats have more than the average number of toes.
According to the Guinness World Records, the cat with the most toes was from Canada, and had 28 toes.3
Cats lack the gene to taste sweetness.
When cats rub their heads against their owners, a behaviour called “head bunting”, they are actually marking them with scent glands on their cheeks.
- 1Association for pet obesity prevention Available at http://www.petobesityprevention.org Accessed April 13 2014
- 2CAHI 2016 https://www.cahi-icsa.ca/companion-animal-health/
- 3Guinness World Records Available at http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-toes-on-a-cat Accessed April 13, 2014
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