Did you know that September is officially Happy Healthy Cat Month? Of course, kitties deserve to be happy and healthy all the time. A few ear scritches may get Fluffy’s motor going, but it really takes a bit more than that to keep your pet purring and healthy. Read on as a Coon Rapids, MN vet offers some advice on keeping cats happy and healthy.
Feed your kitty a quality food. Choosing a good brand can be a bit tricky, with so many pet food manufacturers employing slick marketing tactics to make their product stand out. Get into the habit of reading labels, and choose brands that list meat as the first and most numerous ingredient. Serving sizes are also important. Even giving Fluffy just a few calories too many each day can cause her to become obese. Follow your vet’s recommendations.
Make sure Fluffy sees the vet regularly. We strongly recommend that cats be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept up to date on their vaccinations, exams, and parasite control. Between appointments, keep a close eye out for signs of sickness, such as hiding, vomiting, poor grooming, and litterbox issues. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these signs.
Even though Fluffy may spend the vast majority of her time snoozing, she’ll still need entertainment options when she’s awake. Offer your kitty lots of toys, and take time to play with her regularly.
Kitties are both safer and healthier as indoor pets. Fluffy may think of herself as a ferocious predator, but she’s actually very small and vulnerable. Cars, weather, predators, and even other cats can all endanger your furry pal in the Great Outdoors.
Keep your kitty’s comfort in mind. Fluffy will appreciate having some pet furniture, such as a cat tower. A scratching post is also a must. Last but not least, keep that litterbox clean. Cat hate dirty bathrooms!
Cats need to feel loved to truly thrive. Pay lots of attention to your feline friend, and keep that little motor going. Talk to your furball, pet her, and let her snooze on your lap if she likes. Purrs are one of life’s most precious gifts, as far as we are concerned!
Please reach out to us, your Coon Rapids, MN vet clinic, anytime. We’re here for you!