A bouncy and healthy cat is a joy to have around. If your cat is healthy, you are likely to be healthier too. But What does it take to keep your cat healthier besides regular visits to the veterinarian?
The number one on the list is the food! Cats are not meant to be a vegan, they need meat in their main meals. However good intention you are, feeding them vegan cat food (full of synthetic proteins and loads of carbohydrate) is a very bad idea. Cats, being descendants of desert-dwelling creatures, drink considerably less water than dogs. In the wild, 70-80% of their water requirement come from their meals directly. Dry food tends to be carbohydrate heavy and lacking in moisture. Wet canned or fresh meat based food is a much better choice for your fluffy. And please make sure clean water is always available.
Meeting their natural instincts should be a priority. A dedicated litter box in a well-ventilated space for each cat is highly recommended. A litter box placed in the basement or some dark corner is probably not going to work very well. Natural materials such as alfalfa, wheat, corn, cedar, pine are all excellent choices as litter fillings. You can mix in some baking soda to help eliminate any smell. The litter of about 4-inch thick should provide sufficient depth for the kitty to dig and cover his poop. Ideally, the litter box should be scoop twice a day and completely washed and replaced with new litter fillings weekly.
Cats are agile hunters. If your cat is confined to indoor, a selection of toys, wall mounted perches/shelves or playpen are needed to keep them occupied. You may want to invest in an outdoor enclosure as well. A little catnip here and there will certainly pleases your cat.
If your cat has no access to outdoor, some sorts of suitable scratching materials are recommended to be placed in the house for the cat to scratch on.
A good scratch keeps the claws in checked and keep your cat limber and contented. Articles – How to select a suitable scratching post for your cat and Training Your Cat To Use The Scratching Post likely to provide you with useful information on scratching post utilization.
A daily brushing session (or vacuuming if your cat does incline) will help to reduce hairball build-up in kitty’s digestive tract, as well as keep dander and flea in checked. Your cat will love the attention bestow on her if it is done right and will adore you in return! Keep them clean and claws short.
It is recommended to always travel with the kitty in a carrier box especially for long distant journey. It is dangerous for both driver and kitty to travel in a moving vehicle unrestrained. You wouldn’t want to see a kitty projectile in case of emergency.
And finally, let them show off their adoration to you, whether it is in the form of heart-melting head rubbing, paw kneading, purring or in the somewhat awkward situation of being presented with a half devoured bird or mice. Accept them all in good grace and with a laugh or two!