Cat Care 101: A Guide for a Healthy Feline Life

Dr. Rachel Neese
Partner Veterinarian CityVet Oak Lawn

Caring for your cat’s health is a year-round commitment, and Cat Health Month serves as a timely reminder to prioritize their well-being. To ensure your furry friend leads a healthy and happy life, here are some essential tips from our veterinary experts at CityVet 

Cat Care 101: A Guide for a Healthy Feline Life
Cat Care 101- A Guide for a Healthy Feline Life

Regular Vet Check-ups

Schedule routine veterinary check-ups to monitor your cat’s overall health, detect potential issues early, and keep vaccinations up to date. These regular visits establish a baseline for your cat’s health and allow for early intervention if any concerns arise.

Balanced Diet

Provide a well-balanced, age-appropriate diet tailored to your cat’s weight and health condition. Consult with our veterinarians for personalized dietary recommendations. A nutritious diet is the foundation of your cat’s health, supporting their immune system and overall well-being. 


Always make sure your cat has access to fresh, clean water. Proper hydration is crucial for their overall health and well-being. Water is essential for various bodily functions, including digestion and temperature regulation.

Regular Exercise

Encourage physical activity through interactive play and toys. Regular exercise helps maintain a healthy weight and prevents obesity-related health issues. Playtime is not only fun for your cat but also an integral part of their overall fitness.

Dental Care

Practice good dental hygiene by scheduling routine deep dental cleanings. Dental problems can lead to other health issues if not addressed. Healthy teeth and gums contribute to better overall health and prevent dental diseases. 

Parasite Control

Stay on top of flea, tick, and internal parasite prevention measures. Our veterinarians can recommend the best products based on your cat’s lifestyle. Preventing parasites is essential for your cat’s comfort and protects them from various diseases.

Cat Care 101- A Guide for a Healthy Feline Life


Discuss spaying or neutering with your vet if not already done. This helps prevent certain health issues and unwanted behaviors. Beyond preventing unwanted pregnancies, spaying or neutering can contribute to a longer, healthier life for your cat. 

Stress Management

Create a comfortable, stress-free environment with hiding spots, cozy beds, and vertical spaces. Minimize changes in routine and surroundings to keep your cat at ease. Stress can impact your cat’s health, so providing a secure and predictable environment is crucial.


Depending on the breed and coat length, regular grooming may be necessary. Brush your cat’s fur to reduce hairballs and promote a healthy coat. Grooming not only keeps your cat looking good but also prevents matting and skin issues. 

Litter Box Hygiene

Keep the litter box clean by daily scooping and regular litter changes. A clean environment helps prevent urinary tract issues. Maintaining a clean litter box ensures your cat’s comfort and reduces the risk of litter-related health problems. 

Monitor Weight

Keep a close eye on your cat’s weight. Feeding appropriate portion sizes and encouraging exercise can prevent obesity-related health problems. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for preventing conditions such as diabetes and arthritis.

Watch for Behavioral Changes

Pay attention to any changes in your cat’s behavior. Early detection of issues is crucial for effective treatment. Behavioral changes can be indicative of underlying health problems, and addressing them promptly enhances the chances of successful intervention. 

By incorporating these practices into your cat’s daily life, you’re taking proactive steps to ensure their health and happiness. For personalized advice and care, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team at your local CityVet location