Cats have been around humans for almost as long as dogs and they have served the purpose equally well. The sad part is many people believe that cats are self-sufficient and do not require much attention, which is not true at all. The fact is, cats are a social animal, and they need the same love and care as any other pets.
Every cat out there deserves an active, healthy and happy life. To celebrate health and happiness of cats, the month of September is observed as ‘Happy, Healthy Cat Month.’ The motive of this occasion is to build a cat-caring society with an aim to encourage the health and wellness of our feline friends. This month provides all cat lovers an opportunity to pay special attention to their cat companions and enrich their physical and mental health condition.
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9 Ways to Celebrate Happy Healthy Cat Month
There are various activities we cat owners can do to make sure that our fur babies achieve their optimum health and live a cheerful life. Here are a few ways that can help us accomplish this goal:
1. Vet Visit
The best way to prevent health issues or recognize them early before they turn fatal is to acknowledge them at the earliest. Take your cat to the vet if it has been too long since you saw him/her because some cats do not show any signs of illness even when they are suffering from an acute or a chronic ailment. Ask your vet to check her teeth and gums too to avoid any oral health issues.
2. Pet Health Insurance
You may never be sure of an emergency. Imagine your cat needs an urgent surgery or needs to be hospitalized on an immediate basis that you had never expected. This is when the health insurance proves more than worthy. It will give you piece of mind and enable your animal companion to get the required treatment and care in a timely manner.
3. Parasite Control and Prevention
Fleas, ticks, heartworms, intestinal worms (such as roundworms, hookworms, etc.) are a few parasites can cause a serious damage your cat’s health. They are capable of transmitting life-threatening illnesses for your cat. Therefore, it is necessary to provide the appropriate treatment to your cat to protect them from these deadly pests. Bravecto, Frontline Plus, Revolution are a few products that can help achieve this purpose. It is always recommended to consult a veterinarian before using any of these products on your cat.
4. Quality Food
Cats require high-protein diets that include different nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. Animal protein diets including fish and fowl should be a part of cat’s regular food. Talk to your veterinarian about the nutritional requirement of your pet.
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5. Maintain Litter Box Hygiene
Cats are the most hygienic household animals, and they are very particular about their sanitization. Select a litter box that fulfills your cats’ requirements and keep it in a private area of the house with limited human interference. Empty the litter box every alternate day and keep it as clean as possible.
6. Provide a Place to Climb
Cats like to climb and explore their territory from the top. This activity restores their mental and physical health. Empty the tops of your cabinets or bring home cat trees so that they can fulfill their habit of inspecting their place vertically.
7 Allocate Play Time
Allow yourself to spend some fun time playing with your cat. This will stimulate your cat’s mental and physical health. It will help you strengthen your bond with the animal and relieve her anxiety and aggressiveness.
8. Nurture their Hunting Instinct
Cats were once hunting predators. Encourage your cat’s hunting instinct by providing them with cat puzzle toys or robotic mice. This will enhance their mental health and help with their physical development.
9. Expand your Cat Family
Just like humans, cats are social animals. So bringing home another cat will help them learn to cope with other animals. It is one of the best ways to keep your animals happy and well-adjusted.
All cat owners should come together and celebrate this occasion dedicated to the cats in our communities and do our bit to make sure our feline friends live a healthier, happier life that they truly deserve.
David joined CanadaVetCare in 2013 as a product analyst and veterinary assistant. Being a passionate pet lover and keen animal health researcher, David had always found ways and solutions to help pet parents to improve their pets’ health. He is always happy to answer pet health-related queries and recommending pet parents for the right pet product for their furry companions.