Our feline friends are extremely popular pets. One reason for that is because they are very easy keepers. In fact, out of all of the animals we’ve domesticated, they may very well be the most independent. That doesn’t mean Fluffy is entirely self-sufficient, though. A veterinarian lists some of the things your pet needs to stay happy and healthy in this article.
Proper nutrition is the foundation of any good kitty care routine. While buying cat food isn’t rocket science, there are things to consider. You’ll need to decide whether to feed canned food, kibble, or both. It’s also important to pick a good food, one that’s appropriate for Fluffy’s age, health, and lifestyle. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Kitties are all unique individuals, but they have at least one thing in common: a love of naps. These drowsy furballs can spend as much as 20 hours a day snoozing! Offer Fluffy lots of beds and comfy napping spots. (That includes lap space.)
Hydration is crucial to your feline pal’s survival, but is also important for her overall health. Many kitties prefer to drink running water, so you might want to get Fluffy a fountain. If you have more than one furball, and/or let your cat go outside, put out extra water bowls.
Fluffy can’t spend all of her time sleeping. You’ll need to offer your cute pet stimulation and entertainment. Make sure your pet has plenty of playthings. Cats all have their own tastes, so pay attention to what your feline buddy prefers.
Cats tend to be fairly hardy, but they still need health care. Fluffy will need regular exams, as well as vaccines and parasite control. We also recommend getting kitties microchipped and spayed or neutered.
A clean litterbox is at the top of this list. Fluffy will also appreciate kitty necessities such as scratching posts, kitty furniture, catnip, and the occasional empty box.
Most cats are pretty good about keeping themselves clean. However, longhaired kitties do need some help here. Your little buddy will also need more assistance with her beauty regime as she ages.
Last but definitely not least, spend time with Fluffy and pay attention to her. Talk to her, pet her, and offer her lap space. Keep that motor going!
Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s care? Contact us, your animal clinic!