When it comes to keeping your cat healthy, there are a number of things you can do to help ensure they have a fit and healthy life. Many people know that cats can be great fun and very rewarding but cats can also be demanding on your time.
Cats and kittens should be fed even amounts of appropriate food throughout the day, to prevent over-feeding. If a cat knows that it will have a meal in both the morning and the afternoon, they will be less likely to over eat, which can lead to health problems. Many cats are particularly fussy when it comes to food, so leaving old food out can be detrimental, as many cats avoid eating stale or dried up meals.
Making sure that your cat receives a balanced and healthy diet is essential. Not only does this mean you should ensure your cat is always fed a healthy diet, but you should also avoid giving in to temptation and giving your cat titbits or treats from the table. A cat would never naturally eat many types of food that we often find ourselves buying, and many ingredients used in our food these days could be more detrimental to your cat than you realise.
Giving your cat plenty of scratching posts, as well as hiding holes and climbing places in your home is a great way to regulate their health, allowing them to scratch, leap and stretch out, keeping their bodies supple, fit and healthy. Giving your cat the opportunity to exercise is very important, especially if they are a house cat. Playing with your cat with a laser pen or toy on a string is a great way to get them to run around, practice their hunting instincts and give them a good workout, as well as spending quality bonding time with your cat.
Do not be afraid to let your cat out into the garden! Despite the worry that your cat may be hunting and bringing back ‘presents’ for you to discover, allowing a cat to patrol their territory is part of their natural instincts and should be encouraged – cats are very smart and know to avoid cars, dogs and other hazardous situations.
De-fleaing Your Cat
In line with keeping your cat healthy is making sure they remain clean and free of parasites such as ticks and fleas. Fleas are a common problem, especially for cats that roam and interact with other animals. By de-fleeing, you can avoid any unnecessary illnesses and irritation for your cat, as well as help to keep your house clear of fleas for yourself and any guests. Your vet can suggest any necessary or preferred treatments, but ultimately you should remember to take your cat’s preferences into account when it comes to buying products that are pet friendly and will not smell particularly off-putting or offend your pet.
Signs of an unhappy cat
If your cat begins to act out of the norm and exhibits out of character behaviour, it may be a sign that something is wrong. From an increase in pacing or meowing all the way to urinating outside of the litter tray or a decline in feeding, cats have a number of ways in which they can signal something is wrong. As an owner, it is very important to pick up on these signs as soon as possible and consult your vet; such upsets in a cat’s normal behaviour and routine can be signs of a serious illness.