Regular visits to the vet for our feline fur-babies are very important, even if they live indoors.
- Indoor cats need to be vaccinated and dewormed. They should also be on a flea preventative and have a yearly physical exam.
- A cat in Hamilton, Ontario that lived in a 5th floor apartment contracted rabies from a bat.
- It is the law that you must vaccinate your cat for rabies.
- Rabies can be transmitted to humans.
- Every 9 minutes somewhere in the world someone dies from rabies. Vaccination is the main reason this is not a common occurrence in Canada.
- You can come into contact with other preventable feline diseases such as distemper, carry them on your clothing or footwear, and transmit them to your indoor cat.
- You can also carry parasites such as fleas, ticks and intestinal parasites home to your kitty this way.
- Potting soil has been proven to carry parasite eggs which your cat can ingest.
- Fleas are vectors for tapeworm.
- A cat ages approximately 6 years for every one human year, therefore changes in their physical condition can progress very quickly but can be noted on an annual physical exam.
- Other changes in behaviour, socialization, weight and activity should be addressed by your veterinarian as soon as possible to avoid possible distress, pain or disease for your kitty.
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