Cats appear to be very independent animals but in fact, they rely on their owners to ensure they are kept healthy. Regular visits to the vet, grooming and proper hydration are essential for your furry feline. Here are a few tips to help keep your cat healthy and happy.

Keep Kitty Hydrated

Keeping your cat’s water dish filled with clean fresh water often is essential to keeping your cat healthy and hydrated. Canned food is also an excellent way to keep your cat hydrated as canned food is almost 60% water and most cats love the taste. 

Wash their bowls regularly as cats can be turned off by odours inside of the bowl.

Litter Box

Privacy is just as important for cats as it is for us humans. Place a litter box in a private place for your cat to use when they need to go. Remember, most cats are neat freaks so ensure their litter box is cleaned. 

Grooming

Brushing 

Cat’s are obsessed with keeping clean and spend a lot of their time grooming themselves. Brushing is something that can help your pet by removing loose hair and helps prevent hairballs which can lead to problems in the digestive tract. 

Long-haired breeds need more brushing on a regular basis. 

Bathing

Cats need to be bathed less often than dogs but if you need to bathe your cat and he or she is cooperative – ensure the shampoo and soap products you use are designed xxx only for cats.

Bathing a cat can be difficult for pet owners so you can count on Abitt Like Home Kennels to give your cat a proper bath. Contact us to book a grooming appointment for your furry feline.

Schedule Regular Veterinary Visits

Regular visits to the vet are needed to ensure that your cat is healthy. Vet visits provide vaccinations to prevent illnesses, deworming, and screening for parasites. Veterinarians will also check their gums and teeth.

Spay or Neuter Your Cat

We know that spaying or neutering your cat prevents pregnancy but it also reduces the risk for your cat to acquire certain diseases such as mammary tumors, ovarian cancer, testicular and prostate cancer.

If you aren’t sure when to get your cat spayed or neutered, you can discuss the ideal time with your veterinarian. 

Scratching Posts

Cats are natural-born scratchers, so it’s wise to train your kitty early on to use a scratching post – keeping your furniture free from scratches. Encouragement and praise will help your kitty understand the scratching post is a positive experience.

Traveling With Your Cat

Always use a pet carrier as it will keep your cat safe in the vehicle. You need to take extra precautions when keeping your pet in the vehicle on a hot day. Heat can accumulate in a closed car on a hot day so it doesn’t take very long for a pet to develop heatstroke, and even with the windows open a few inches, cars can still heat up far too quickly and could lead to overheating of your pet and possible suffocation.

Do your best to plan accordingly and leave your pet at home when you need to head out or plan for pet-friendly stopovers when your pet is with you.

If you plan to go out of town but can’t take your cat with you – contact us to arrange for your cat’s stay while you’re away.

A healthy cat is a happy cat.

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