September 5th, 2019 September is National Healthy Cat Month! We would like to dedicate the entire month to celebrating our feline friends and their well-being. Below are 8 ways to make your cat happy and healthy during the month of September:
1) Visit your veterinarian. Annual exams are important to monitor the health of your pet and ensure the happiness and wellness of your cat. We know that travel can be scary for some cats, so ask your veterinarian about Fear Free tips that will make the experience easier and less stressful!
2) Provide preventive medications. Part of keeping your cat happy and healthy is keeping up with flea, tick and heartworm prevention year-round. Even if your cat is strictly indoor, they can still come into contact with little critters that cause big problems.
3) Microchip your cat. In addition to collar and identification tags, consider microchipping your feline friend. If your indoor or outdoor cat ever gets lost, having this type of permanent ID will make a reunion much more likely. Ask your veterinarian about this low cost service!
4) Provide toys. Every cat loves a new toy and mental stimulation! Each cat has it's own preference, so experiment between toys with squeakers, feathers, string, and catnip.
5) Train together. Cats are intelligent and can be trained to do fun tricks. The mental and physical stimulation of training is great for felines and it will strengthen the bond between you and your buddy.
6) Work for food. Feline obesity is a huge problem and one way to combat it is to make cats work for their food. Toys are available that slowly release kibble in small amounts as the cat uses its natural hunting instinct. This is great physical and mental exercise!
7) Go outside. Broaden their horizons by walking your cat on a secure leash with a harness or confine them in a special outdoor play pen so they can experience the world outside their window. Always supervise your cat's outdoor time to maintain their safety.
8) Think about getting another cat. Cats are social animals, so if the time is right, consider visiting your local shelter and adopting a buddy for your kitty. Cats love to play, and a playmate will make them happy! Remember that adopting an animal is a life-long commitment, so be sure to consider the cost and attention required to bringing a new animal into the family. Looking for a local rescue or shelter? Check out some of our local organizations or search www.petfinder.com to easily search multiple shelters at once.