Cat Health & Care

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Health is wealth, both for our feline friends and their two-legged owners, who can be spared eyebrow-raising veterinary expenses with annual check-ups, proper exercise and diet. Our cat health and care section provides expert advice on everything from cat grooming to parasite prevention, cat dental care, alternative treatments and more. Learn the basics of cat first aid and read up on the tools you should have on hand in the event of an emergency. Whether you’re curious about heartworm treatment, plants that are toxic to cats or the proper way to trim your pet’s nails, we've got your back when it comes to cat health.

Talk About Health & Care

What to Do if Your Cat Has Worms

First, I would recommend that you take a fresh fecal sample to your vet, who will tell you exactly what kind of worms they are. My cat threw up a bunch of roundworms once, and they were treated by Drontal, which works on most kinds of parasitic worms. If you have a multi-cat household, all of your cats must be treated, since one common route of infection is through sharing litter pans. Cats can get roundworms from the feces of other cats, through their mother's milk, or through eating infected rodents, among other routes of infection. I strongly advise you to go to the vet so you know what kind of worm you're dealing with, and get the appropriate medicine, which should be more effective than an over-the-counter brand. When I had my cats de-wormed, they needed only one pill each, and the medication was cheap. Since my cats were born in a small cattery and have never been outside, the probable route of infection was their mother's milk.

Valerie D., owner of a Maine Coon

Coaxing a Cat Out of a Hiding Place

Sometimes new cats just want somewhere to hide out and feel safe. Some cats have been known to hide for weeks until they feel safe in their new home and it is best to give them their space. Try luring your cat out with food or treats. Put the food and water nearby and then leave the room. If you see he's eaten some of the food you'll know he can get out OK and isn't in any danger. Giving him some other hiding places around the house may help him come out and explore. Cardboard boxes with a cat-sized hole in the side are good.

Lisa D., owner of a Domestic Shorthair

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