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We love our feline friends! These calm, cool and collected creatures add a whole new dimension to our lives. They are important to us and we are important to them, especially when it comes to keeping them happy. To do that, all cat lovers need to know and understand the ins and outs of cat health.

Womensforum and has curated these five facts every cat owner should know: 

Cats Are Sensitive! 

17794-royal-cat-headerCats can develop sensitivities, just like us. You and I can be sensitive to things in our environment; so can our cats. These sensitivities manifest themselves in different ways, but the most common appear in four areas: skin and coat health, stomach and intestinal irritability, oral health and weight maintenance. Being on the lookout for changes in these four different areas can help owners and vets identify problems and develop solutions, nutritional and otherwise, to support their cat’s health and well-being.

Those Hairballs May Be Telling You Something
An upset stomach can be caused by a number of things, from stress to parasites to food sensitivity. Stomach and intestinal upset are a general sign of a lot of different conditions, so it’s always good to start with the basics and make sure your cat is eating food with highly digestible proteins. Also, be sure to look at the shape of the cat's kibble. We may like food that is easy to eat, but for cats, a kibble that requires more chewing can actually help them eat more slowly, and may help keep them from regurgitating their food later.

All That Licking Can Be A Sign Of Trouble

17794-cat-lickingSome cats might be prone to skin and coat issues. In fact, it is one of the top 10 reasons people take their cat to the vet! If your cat is scratching, has flaky, dry or oily skin, or is grooming more often than normal, consider cat food formulas that include ingredients like essential fatty acids from fish oils. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids support healthy skin and help keep your cat’s coat healthy and shiny.

The "T" In TLC Stands For Teeth
Did you know that dental tartar affects two-thirds of cats three years and older? Not only does it make your cat’s mouth a little gross, but it can actually cause more serious oral problems later on! However, this is something that owners can easily help prevent. Look for pet food that helps prevent tartar buildup by "brushing" the teeth as it's chewed and slowing down the process that turns plaque into tartar. You can also check your local pet store for cat-friendly toothbrushes and toothpaste.

The Scale Matters To Cats Too!
It turns out that weight problems are not just a human thing. More than half of the cats in the United States are overweight! An extra pound on your cat might be hard to see, but using a body condition score can help you tell the difference between healthy and chunky. Helping cats maintain a healthy weight lowers their risk of diabetes or other conditions and gives them a higher quality of life.

17794-cat-momIf you think your cat has a tendency to be overweight, look for food that is high in protein but still low in calories to help Fluffy get all of the nutrients he needs and still feel full. You can also look for ways to encourage movement for indoor cats like chasing a cat toy.

Keeping your cat healthy is the best way to show your love. Keeping these five health facts in mind can help you make the best decision for the health and wellness of your feline companion. 

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