We all know how naturally inquisitive our cats can be. From time to time they can get into a few scrapes that unfortunately in some cases can lead to an unexpected illness, so it’s best as their owner to prepare them for the outdoor world – it’s also a legal expectation. There are a few ways in which this can be done, which range from getting your cat neutered to taking out a pet insurance policy.

Ensure that your cat is fully vaccinated before you let it go outside

Ensuring that your cat is fully vaccinated before you let it go outside is the most important way to protect it against unexpected illnesses. Did you know that your cat can pick up serious illnesses such as feline herpes virus (FHV), feline calicivirus (FCV), feline parvovirus (FPV), and cat flu whilst they’re outside? This comes on top of parasites such as fleas, ticks, and worms. They can all be preventable illnesses as regular booster vaccinations protect cats. If you require further information on any of these illnesses or wish to know more about vaccination programmes, you should contact your vet and/or look into pet insurance policies.

Ensure that your garden is cat friendly

There are several things you can find in your garden that are toxic to cats, and if you’re unaware of them this can cause unexpected illnesses. Sources show that common garden item, such as weed killer, and plants like lilies and foxglove can be poisonous for cats. Even if they brush up against these items the chemicals and/or the pollen can stick to their fur, and they are subsequently ingested later on when your cat inevitably licks their fur. It’s easy to protect your cat from garden-related unexpected illnesses by removing these items.

Look into neutering your cat

This might seem a little bit out there for a listicle of unexpected cat illnesses but bear with us. By neutering your cat, they become calmer, meaning that they’re much less likely to get into fights with other cats. Such fights can lead to skin open wounds that half the time you mightn’t even realise that your cat has. Sometimes, your cat can innocently scratch these scrapes, deepening the wound. This alongside the cat exploring the great outdoors can lead to unexpected illnesses through the cat getting these wounds infected, etc. Vet bills to cure an infected wound can be expensive so it could be a great idea to look into cat insurance with companies such as Petsure who have various options available.