No cat owner wants to have to subject their furry friend to emergency surgery, and there are many things you can do to lower your cat’s risk.

Cats are such independent animals that they often seem virtually indestructible. However, the fact is that cats aren’t indestructible, and they are just as fragile as any other pet. Cats are at risk for many conditions that could land them in emergency pet surgery, but the good news is that there are many things you can do to lower this risk. The following is a list of tips to help you lower your cat’s risk of emergency surgery:

#1. Get your cat spayed or neutered.

You can eliminate your cat’s risk for a variety of diseases that may require surgery by simply getting them spayed or neutered. Neutering a male cat also lowers the likelihood of him running away and getting into a fight that could result in the need for surgery.

#2. Keep your cat safe in your home.

Although cats love to play outside, the outside world simply isn’t safe for cats. Cats require surgery for things, like breaking bones, getting hit by cars or fighting with other animals quite often, but you can prevent this from happening to your cat by keeping him or her inside.

#3. Cat-proof your home.

Cat-proofing your home won’t be easy, but it’s important to try. Clear away all ribbons, strings and sewing supplies that your cat could swallow; avoid leaving small toys around; block off lofts, balconies and windows where you cat could fall.

At Sun Valley Animal Center, we proudly provide pet surgery for Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane and Billings, but we would prefer to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. Stay tuned for our next blog for more tips to lower your cat’s risk of emergency surgery.