Cat owners will attest to the fact that their cats are part of the family thus as any family member will appreciate the bonds that grows when you spend time together, so will your cat. Spare some time to spend with your cat and your efforts will be appreciated. Some of the methods of keeping your cat happy are explained below.
Feed your cat a balanced diet- as any other living thing, cats require high quality balanced diet. Feed your cat a balanced diet depending on the stage of the cat’s life stage. With the obesity rates in cats on the increase, it is advised that you feed your cat to keep it lean and fit. Research shows that over 50% of our cats are obese. Make sure yours doesn’t fall in that category.
Abundance of fresh water- water is essential for the survival of any living organism. It is recommended that fresh drinking water be available for your cat at all times and also water consumption should be encouraged by devices such as water fountains in order to increase the interest of your cat in his water supply. Canned foods have high moisture content and are thus recommended in order to increase your cat’s moisture intake. If your cat shows less interest in his water supply, feeding him canned food as part of his diet is a sure alternative
Source of refuge- cats also experience the feeling of wanting to be alone so it is important for you, the cat owner, to provide a place of refuge for your cat whenever it feels the need to retreat. Enclosed cat beds, carriers with their doors open and empty cardboard boxes provide options for a place of solitude for your cat.
Provide a scratch surface- scratching is normal for a cat as it is a way that is used to mark the cat’s territory and also to stretch his muscle. In order to avoid the cat using your armchair or your carpet for his scratching needs, it’s essential to provide a scratching surface for your cat based on its preference. Some cats prefer vertical surfaces to horizontal surfaces and also have textural preferences as well. The best way to find out what works for your cat is to experiment with various surfaces and you will find what you are looking for.
Outdoor visits- as much as housing your cat indoors is the best option, allowing for some supervised outdoor times is also advisable. Cats, like dogs, can be taught to walk in a leash with their collar.
Provide a perch- perching is more like a hobby for cats since they like observing their surrounding from a raised area. It is thus advisable that you put the perch close to a window in order for the cat to survey what is going on outside, something that is enjoyed by many cats. Cats also use the perch as a place of rest so it is advised that you make the place as comfortable as possible by placing a cat bed or a blanket.
Visit to the vets- cats need regular medical check-ups just like human beings. It is recommended that your cat undergoes a check up at least once a year but more checkups may be necessary in some instances. Further tests like urinalysis and blood screening may be recommended by your veterinarian.
Provide plenty of toys- your cat needs to be entertained. Provide plenty of toys for your cat to play with as interactive play with your cat will help keep the cat lean and fit and you will thus get rid of the risk of obesity. Your cat will also enjoy the time that he has gotten to spend with you and thus increase the strength of your bond.
Maintain oral hygiene- with estimates showing that 80% of the cats that are above to years of age have some form of dental disease, it is important to maintain the oral hygiene of your cat. Methods include brushing your cat’s teeth if possible and also using dental diet and dental chews in order to maintain the health of your cat’s teeth. Regular veterinary dental care is also recommended.
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