Celebrating Happy Cat Month
Whether your cat can’t get enough of your love and attention or runs the house on their own terms, we have compiled a helpful list of tips to keep in mind when caring for any type of feline family member!
1. Preventative Care is Key!
Cats can be so independent that we sometimes think they don’t need to see a veterinarian for annual checkups. However, by scheduling annual or semi-annual exams a veterinarian can screen for early signs of illness or injuries that our cats tend to hide.
If transporting your cat safely in a carrier is a challenge, here are some links to resources that may help: 7 Tips for Getting Your Cat to the Vet & How to Put A Cat in a Carrier- Pleasant Plains Animal Hospital
2. Provide Enrichment Opportunities
Consider mixing in food activities so that your cat has to work for their meals or treats. By hiding food or treats in different spots around the house, or using food dispensing toys that release small amounts, you create an opportunity for physical activity and mental stimulation.
Create an environment where cats and climb, perch, and observe the outdoors from the safety of your home. You can also create an enclosure outside that allows them sunshine and fresh air while keeping them safe. The Hauspanther Gear Guide is full of product ideas and inspiration!
3. Safety First!
Whether your cat is strictly indoors or is allowed to roam outside, proper identification is important in case your pet becomes lost. A properly fitted cat collar with an up to date identification tag is a great start. You can also a microchip cat, which helps increase the likelihood you will be contacted in the case that their collar falls off or is removed.
Provide plenty of easily-accessible hiding spaces for when your cat needs space away from the daily hustle and bustle of your household or when company comes over.
Ensure any potentially toxic substances are kept out of reach or locked away such as chemicals, household cleaners, medications, or common items that can be poisonous to cats like lilies, chocolate, caffeine or onions.
Companionship will mean something different for every cat. Some cats need to be the only pet or only cat in the home and in those cases, it is especially important to make time to play with your cat, show them affection, and otherwise engage in activities they enjoy.
For certain cats, they may feel happier being a part of a family with other cats or dogs to play and snuggle with.
The most important thing to keep in mind is every kitty is unique and what makes them feel content will be as individual as they are. You know your cat best of all and how to meet their needs for a happy, healthy life as part of your family!