We all want our cats to live their fullest and longest life. A healthy cat can live up to 15 years or more.
Unfortunately, even the healthiest cat can tragically shorten its life due to preventable accidents. Therefore, as pet parents, we must do what we can to protect our kittens.
Here are six preventable accidents and how to avoid them.
Getting hit by a car
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Getting hit by a car is one of the main reasons veterinarians say animals are taken to their emergency room.
If your cat is an independent outdoor cat, you may think that this is simply a risk that you take when having an outdoor animal. However, there are ways to ensure your cat stays safe outdoors.
If your budget allows, you can opt for an enclosed outdoor area for your cat to play in. Catios, as they are called, can provide a screened area and even be pinned to a window or cat door for your kitten to come and go as they please. This allows your cat to get outside without facing the dangers of roaming.
In addition to Catios, there are other options, e.g. B. Enclosures that are attached to gates or fences to prevent cats from leaving the yard. They can help keep your cat from wandering on the streets.
If you absolutely have to run your cat completely free, at the very least make sure it’s microchipped and give them a tear-away collar with ID tags so you can be contacted quickly in the event of an accident.
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There are a variety of cleaning products, plants, and human foods that can cause illness or even death in your cat.
Do some research on what is toxic to cats and either keep it away from your home or somewhere where your cat can accidentally ingest it.
We start with some helpful lists about plants, human foods, and other toxic substances for cats.
Taking cord and other things around the house
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Stock photos of kittens playing with a blurred ball of yarn lead many to believe that it is safe for a cat to do so.
Playing with string or twine while monitoring may be fine. However, many cats and kittens will eat the string, thread, thread, or similar items that often need to be surgically removed.
Stick to toys made for cats rather than opting for a ball of yarn.
If your cat regularly chews and swallows items that are not food, they may have a condition known as pica. If your cat shows signs of pica, speak to your veterinarian right away.
Incidents with the dryer
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Cats love warm, cozy places, especially closed ones. Your dryer fits this description perfectly.
Many cats were killed in tumble dryers. This accident usually occurs when there are already warm, dry clothes in the dryer. Sometimes pet parents throw in more clothes and restart the machine without realizing their cat sneaked in.
Make sure your cat doesn’t have access to your washroom, and if so, check the dryer and Washer to make sure they aren’t snuggled away.
Aggression with other pets
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If you have more than one cat – or more than one species – there is no guarantee that they will get along all day every day.
If you have multiple cats that get physically sick, their bites can cause serious harm to each other. Cats have long, pointy teeth that form a stab wound, as opposed to a dog bite, which is more like a tear. Puncture wounds can lead to abscesses and infections.
Parents of multiple cats need to use training methods to make sure they don’t fight. If for any reason your cats seem heated up, separate them until they have time to settle down.
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Pest-borne diseases are sometimes exacerbating rather than fatal, but that’s not always the case. When an infected tick bites your cat, it can be exposed to several deadly diseases, such as: B. cytauxzoonosis, a deadly parasite infection; Tularemia, a fever that can lead to serious infections and sometimes death; and various other pathogens.
Granted, these diseases are rare and require the right circumstances to cause disease, but tick and flea prevention is still advisable when it is that easy to do. Even if you have a house cat, you can bring things like ticks, mites, or fleas into your home.
Monthly preventive medication is a simple but powerful way to prevent these pest-borne diseases. Some pet parents are opting for more natural pest control methods. You should speak to your veterinarian before deciding how to protect your cat from fleas and ticks.
The best way to protect your cat is through prevention.
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