Tips to Keep Your Cat Happy and Healthy

Cats can be pretty independent, but they definitely rely on their owner more than they would probably care to admit. After all, it is our job to keep them healthy, happy, and full! What better timing than Cat Health Month to go over a few ways to do just that.

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Watch Their Weight

If you feeling like your cat is packing on the pounds, try setting aside a time to play and be sure to feed them an animal-based protein for mealtime. Also, if you like to indulge your cat with treats, look on the back of the package to see the recommended serving. All that extra fluff can predispose cats to various disorders such as diabetes, hepatic lipidosis, and arthritis. If you think your cat has a weight issue, try switching things up! If you free choice feed, consider the portions you give your cat carefully. Your kitty will be fit and fabulous in no time!

Protect Your Cat from Fleas and Ticks

With the warmer months approaching it is time to start thinking about ways to protect your cat from irritating fleas and ticks. It is important to take the right steps to prevent and treat these pests before they are able to cause harm to your beloved feline. Try using a spot-on treatment or spraying the perimeters inside and outside the house.

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Spay or Neuter Your Cat

Not only does spaying or neutering your cat have health benefits but it also helps with the serious overpopulation problem. Most cats have an average of 1-8 kittens per litter, and with multiple litters a years, the number of kitties placed in shelters or euthanized continues to grow.  Some vets recommend getting your cat spayed or neutered as young as 8 weeks, but it is best to double check with your veterinarian to figure out the best time to do this procedure.

Keep the Dry Food at a Minimum

Everyone knows cats are carnivores. Unlike some animals or humans, cats rely on meat as part of their daily diet. That’s why dry food, which contains a large number of carbs, can be bad for your kitty if eaten in large quantities. This can lead to obesity and diabetes. Whenever possible, give them a wet food that is meat based. Your cat will be healthier, happier, and full.

Brush Fur Daily

Sure, not every cat likes to be brushed, but if you can get your cat to come around, the benefits are definitely worth it. Not only does it reduce shedding, but it also reduces mats which can be very painful. What’s more is that brushing actually cuts down on those annoying hairballs that develop in your cat’s digestive tract.

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Keep a Scratching Post Around

Cats are sweet little angels, but we all know that they can turn into destructive little devils at times. It can look like a cougar went to town on your couch. That is why a scratching post is essential to have around. Not only that but it can remove the dead outer layer of their claws, and makes a great place (other than your furniture) to mark their territory.  Make sure the post is the right size and in the right location as well.

Have Your Cat Microchipped

Whether you have an inside or outside cat, having them microchipped is definitely something to consider. The procedure is very simple and could be the link between finding your cat that’s gone missing versus not.

Cat Health Month reminds us of how important our beloved pets are to us. Use these tips to keep your cat happy and healthy all year long!