PetPlace Veterinarians suggest the following tips for how to take the best care of your cat:
1. Spend more time with your cat – Just spending some quiet time before work, after work or midday, will make a big difference. Cats love to be talked to and made to feel important.
2. Groom – Most cats like to be groomed or brushed. – This also stimulates the skin and gets rid of dead hair. Regular grooming will also help keep your house cleaner from less shedding hair.
3. Play – Play is good for both you and your cat!
4. Understand your cat – Know his or her favorite type of play and their favorite time of day to play versus rest.
5. Feed a consistent diet – Use a high quality food with AAFCO approval formulated for your cats’ life stage. Supplement with healthy treats only in moderation.
6. Supply plenty of fresh water at all times – Clean the water bowl once daily and make sure it is always full.
7. Provide a comfortable place to sleep – Whether inside or out, your cat should have a comfortable place to sleep.
8. Carefully choose toys for safety – Not just any toy will do. You really need to consider safety issues when choosing toys for your cat. For example, are there any parts that can be torn off and swallowed? Is it something he or she might “eat” thus causing a possible intestinal foreign body that could require surgery? Will it please your cat? Choose toys that cannot be chewed or swallowed. Small fur mice, round balls, or feather teasers are great interactive toys. Also, a laser pointer can be fun!
9. Supervise – Always keep a watchful eye on your cat for dangerous or destructive behaviors.
10. Exercise – Daily exercise will keep your cat fit. Additional exercise can help with some behavior problems as well.
11. Don’t let your cat get fat – Adjust food intake for body type, provide healthy treats, and exercise regularly to avoid extra weight gain.
12. Be observant – Monitor absolutely everything your cat does. For example, did he eat all his food today? Has he been drinking? Was his urine and bowel movement normal? Is his activity level the same? How does he look? Is his hair coat okay? If you cat him, do you feel any abnormal lumps? Have you seen any coughing or vomiting? Early recognition of symptoms can save your cats life.
13. Visit your veterinarian regularly – Be sure maintain an appropriate schedule of wellness and recheck appointments. Your cat’s needs may continue to change depending on their life stage or health conditions.
Overall, I think this is a wonderful list! I don’t think #12 can be emphasized strongly enough. Being observant is extremely important in proactively managing your cats’ health. Many, many times people have told me about illnesses that SEEMED to appear overnight, when they possibly didn’t observe their cat closely enough to know when the symptoms first showed up. This is especially true of situations wherein the cat’s temperament is mismatched with the humans. The humans throw the cat outside or in the garage most of the time to give themselves a break from the cat’s demands for attention, thus missing signs of poor health.
Annie Cunningham explains that cats need regular observation and attention: Cats are often seen as being aloof and independent. While it may be true that cats are much lower maintenance pets than dogs, this doesn’t mean that they can fully take care of themselves and don’t require any care from their owners. Too many times cats become neglected or left to fend for themselves. While some cats may be more independent than others, all cats need some form of love and affection from their families. Owners need to ensure responsibility over their furry friends which includes regular feeding, brushing, cleaning, and vet visits. Remember, cats aren’t just pets. They seek companionship and should be treated as members of the family.
Amen, or shall I say, afeline to that!
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