How to Care for Your Cat:
Regular Care for Cat Health
Check for fleas and ticks regularly, especially in summer. Be sure to look in the cat’s ears. Remove any ticks you find, trying to pull out the entire body. If you find any fleas or ticks, ask your veterinarian about a product that prevents them. Liquids that are placed on the back of the neck, such as Advantage, Frontline, and Revolution, work well. Most flea and tick collars are much less effective.
Check your cat’s ears regularly for build-up of wax, ear mites (dark wax or black spots, which may make him shake his head or scratch his ears), or irritation, and clean them with special liquid you can get from your veterinarian. You can ask your vet to show you how to do this. Do not try to clean inside the ear canal.
Brush your cat regularly, if she likes it. Brushing is good for cat health – it gives your cat healthy, shiny hair and removes dirt and dead hair. Long-hair cats’ hair will get tangled and knotted if you don’t brush them.
Most cats stay clean and do not need to be washed. Also, many hate being bathed.
If your cat’s toenails grow long, trim them with a tool made for cats’ toenails. If you have not done this, ask your vet to show you how.
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