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Proper nutrition, vaccinations, disease screenings and dental cleanings are all vital.

Proper nutrition, vaccinations, disease screenings and dental cleanings are all vital to ensuring good health and longevity—routine preventive care is key to a better quality of life overall!

A complete, balanced diet is important in all stages of life and will provide all the daily requirements of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your cat needs to help keep fit and healthy. Store-bought brands that are AAFCO-approved (Association of American Feed Control Officials) will give your cats what they need. But if you’re unsure about the type of food to choose, ask your veterinarian for guidance.

Because kittens are very susceptible to contagious diseases and parasites, preventive practices need to begin in the first year of life. Have kittens tested and treated for worms and protozoa that invade the intestinal tract. Left untreated, these invaders can cause anemia and even death. And because it can take several weeks after infection for symptoms to appear, multiple fecal tests are encouraged within the first 16 weeks of your cat’s life to help detect illness in the earliest stages.

Continued parasite prevention in adulthood is important to help avoid diseases transmitted by fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Mosquitoes transmit heartworms, ticks carry infectious organisms that cause Lyme disease and Ehrlichia, and fleas can carry hemobartonella, a blood parasite that causes anemia in cats.

Schedule any needed vaccinations to help protect your cat from contagious disease. For kittens, this begins at around 6 weeks old—when they lose the maternal antibodies that had helped keep them healthy since birth—and should be boostered every few weeks, until they are 3 – 4 months old. For adult cats, vaccinations need to be boostered every one to three years depending on the specific disease risk in your area. Your vet can help determine the necessary schedule for your adult cat.

Catching a problem before there are any obvious symptoms can greatly improve the prognosis: Symptoms mean there is damage already being done to the body. Early detection of illness and diseases starts with regular wellness examinations, and some veterinarians will recommend twice-yearly visits for these check-ups. During these visits, your vet may perform tests for early organ dysfunction or metabolic disorders like diabetes, thyroid disease, or Cushing’s disease. Older cats will have their blood pressure checked and may have an ECG performed or an X-ray taken if a heart murmur is detected. And be sure to alert the vet to any changes in your cat’s eating, drinking, bowel movements or activity levels at any time between visits.

Perform consistent dental care to help protect your cat’s teeth and greatly reduce the risk of infection from the oral cavity into the heart and major organ systems, too. In addition to regular teeth brushing, your cat should have a professional dental cleaning, which uses ultrasonic scaling and high-speed polishing to remove the bacteria and tartar that can lead to infection, pain, and tooth loss.

TOPICS: HEALTH VET

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FAQs

Below you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our company, our products and caring for your cats. If you have a question that isn't addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

Q: How can I email or talk with the Purina Pet Care team?

A: If you would like to talk with us, please contact us here or call us at 1­-888­-228­-2469.

Our Hours of Operation:

  • Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST
Q: How are Purina Cat Chow products different from other healthy pet foods?

A: Inside every bag of Purina Cat Chow you'll find a selective blend of protein, fat, and fiber. Everything we use in our premium cat food formulas has a place in your cat's healthy diet.

Q: How can I be sure of the quality of the Purina Cat Chow products?

A: Our top priority is the quality of the food that nourishes not only your pets, but the pets we share our lives with, too. So from source to bowl, the quality of our food is assured by taking the following steps:

Ingredient Sourcing

  • Purina ingredient sourcing and processing meet or exceed FDA, USDA or AAFCO standards for pet food. And every supplier of ingredients for Purina products must meet our stringent standards for ingredient specifications, product safety, sanitation and manufacturing practices.
  • Ingredient Testing
  • All of Purina's North American manufacturing facilities have on-site quality assurance laboratories and staff. And we're working to expand the use of technology to further screen ingredients for quality assurance.
  • Ingredient Tracking & Control
  • 99% of all Purina pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities and Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retail stores.
Q: Where is your food manufactured?

A: 99% of all Purina-branded pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities. Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retailers.

Q: I am unable to find a particular product in my area. Can you help me locate it?

A: Yes, we can help. Although distribution of our Purina Cat Chow products is national, not all stores carry all sizes and varieties. Contact our Customer Service department via our Contact Us page or call us at 1­-888­-228­-2469.

Q: Do you offer coupons?

A: We offer coupons in local papers, through direct mailing programs and via emails to registered members. We don't have a regular section on our website itself. We suggest you watch for sales or promotions at your local retailer.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We believe there's always more to learn and to share and that discovery should be fun. It's one more way we're helping you and your cat share a better life together. Visit Catipedia for articles and information and... a little bit of fun.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We strongly recommend talking to your veterinarian for immediate answers to urgent situations. While CatChow.com is an excellent resource of information provided by cat care experts, your veterinarian can provide the best care for your individual cat..

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