June is a great month to take a cat to the vet! If you take care of a cat that spends any time outdoors, the most humane thing you can do is provide him or her with veterinary care, which includes treatment for ear mites, fleas, and worms.
Most importantly, you can get him neutered or her spayed, which helps prevent more unwanted litters of kittens across the province.
“Getting a cat spayed or neutered before they’re six months old is essential for a happier, healthier pet – it reduces the desire for male cats to roam and spray, reduces aggression and eliminates the risk of ovarian, uterine and testicular cancer and also, reduces the risk of mammary cancer,” says Dr. Emilia Gordon, BC SPCA manager of animal health. “It’s also a great time for veterinarians to check on the cat’s general health and wellness, and to perform vaccinations or permanent identification procedures, such as a microchip or a tattoo.”
Veterinarians can offer advice on flea and other pet medications specific to the size, age, and specific ailments for the cat you’re caring for – advice pet owners will not find at a pet store.
Veterinarians provide advice on nutrition and can give your cat permanent identification, something even indoor-only cats can benefit from during an annual wellness visit. Vets will also conduct a dental exam and determine if the cat you care for is experiencing any pain that may have gone undetected.
Helping the tens of thousands of homeless cats in B.C. is a main focus of the BC SPCA’s new, five-year Strategic Plan (PDF), which targets the province’s pet overpopulation problem with efforts aimed at reducing the unnecessary suffering of so many animals.
Not sure where to start with your cat’s health? Here are some helpful tips:
Find a veterinarian and make an appointment. Be sure to let them know if it is a friendly cat or one that is more shy and harder to handle.
If your cat is friendly, but carrier shy, follow these tips (PDF).
If it is a stray cat you’re taking in to the vet, check out these humane trapping instructions.
Remember that keeping your cat healthy also means keeping your cat happy! The small time of stress is worth a lifetime of good health.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.