A happy cat means a happy owner and vice versa, right? In many ways, cats are like humans and have many of the same basic needs. Create a cozy space for your cat, exercise, eat right, and do more to make you and your cat best friends.
Contrary to popular belief, cats need just as much attention as dogs. A recent study found that less than half of cat companions see their veterinarian regularly. That’s an alarming number of cats that are not getting the care they need and deserve.
Because cats are so easy to care for and don’t require regular walks or trips to the park, people often mistake them for not needing as much love and care as dogs, but the opposite is true!
In addition to the basic wellness checks, cats also crave attention and love from their owners. After all, their people are probably the only interaction they have most of the time.
Tips for a healthy and happy cat
1. Preventive care
Cats, like humans and other pets, require regular veterinary visits. Skipping these visits or ignoring signs that your cat should be seen by a veterinarian is not good for the animal’s health.
While cats are not as vulnerable as dogs, it is important that owners intuitively understand their cat’s normal behavior so that they can notice when something is absent.
Regular visits to the veterinarian should take place once a year or as directed by your veterinarian. During your visit, be aware of any concerns you have about your cat and receive any questions you have answered.
There is a lot of debate about what type of food is best for cats. No matter what you choose, the best food is nutritious, high quality food – preferably one that has been approved by your veterinarian.
A well-fed, well-fed cat is happy. Nobody who lives on below-average food and leftover food.
Think about it: when you eat fast food every day, you feel pretty sluggish and in the garbage dumps. The same goes for cats (and other pets!).
What you put in is what you get out of it. So make sure you feed your cat healthy, nutritious food to keep her feeling best.
3. Playing time
Cats don’t need a jog around the block or a trip to the park to get exercise, but they should have their own toys to chat with.
Small balls with bells on the inside or teasers to chase around will help them release any pent-up energy they may have.
An untrained cat can create major problems for the interior of your home. If not trained properly, cats can resort to destructive behaviors such as scratching furniture, chewing or tearing objects, and other bad cat behaviors.
Playtime is also a great opportunity to socialize, socialize, and keep busy with your cat.
4. Give them space
Just like humans, cats need their own space. Create a place for your cat to hang out, take a nap, and watch. We recommend having this space in an area where the cat can also have privacy and establish their own territory.
Buying a cat tower is an excellent way to give them their own space. Most of the options have rooms where they can hide, hang around, and play. A big plus if this room also has a litter box!
Cats are an interesting breed and can be spirited. Don’t force your cat to be preoccupied with you.
If you try to lure them with toys and food and they show no interest, respect your cat and try again later. It is important to a trustworthy relationship to leave them alone as they retreat to their kitty towers or hiding place.
Unfortunately, many people think that the only things a cat needs are food and water. While these are certainly necessary, they also deserve your attention, love, and care. You can use these tips to keep your cat healthy, happy, and trusting company.
If you have any questions about how to keep your pets happy and healthy, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask!
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