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Health tips for free-runners: How the Miez stays fit


Health tips for free-runners: How the Miez stays fit

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For a cat's psyche, regular walks in the fresh air are a real treat. However, in terms of health, free dogs are exposed to certain dangers that indoor cats need not fear. What is the best way to care for the velvet-pawed free spirit so that he stays healthy for as long as possible?

The average life expectancy of a free-range cat is lower than that of pure indoor cats. This is due to the fact that the fur noses outside are more likely to suffer an accident or injure themselves in their territorial battles with fellow species. Furthermore, their health can suffer from parasites and pathogens that are transmitted by wild animals.

Additional vaccination protection for free passers

In wild animals and infected contemporaries, cats can be infected with rabies or the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) outdoors. The latter can cause feline leukemia. A vaccination against rabies or against leukosis is not absolutely necessary for pure domestic cats, but is mandatory for free dogs. Due to the high risk of infection, it is also important for both outdoors and for the health of domestic cats that they are already vaccinated as kittens against cat colds and epidemics.

Take special care with ticks, fleas and mites

In addition to vaccinations, free-riders need additional protection against fleas. Spot-on preparations prevent the four-paw tomboy from catching the annoying beasts. With some products you can also prevent ticks in cats. You can prevent mite infestation in cats primarily through hygiene and cleanliness in the household as well as through special powder or spot-on preparations. However, sometimes it cannot be prevented that cats bring blind passengers from their excursions who are stuck in their skin. To avoid inflammation or infection, you should remove ticks from cats, preferably as soon as possible.

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Worm cures for health

As a free litter, cats also need a worming treatment more often than their counterparts, who essentially stay in the house or apartment. Miezis can catch various worms from wild animals and infested fur noses, as well as from eating mice and other prey. This should not be taken lightly, since a worm infestation can lead to various complications if left untreated. Worms in cats can be treated well if they are recognized in good time.

If you notice the parasites in the feces of the cat, you should immediately take a worming treatment. If she also appears flabby, apathetic, listless and does not like to eat anything, an immediate visit to the veterinarian is advisable. Worm cures can not only be carried out as required, but alternatively also regularly. This is recommended if the velvet paw does most of its business outside, so that a stool examination is not possible. In this case, tablets or spot-on preparations that you give your cat every three to four months are a sensible protection for health.