Do you happily share your home with a feline friend? As an owner of a cat, it’s important to remember that cat’s aren’t just small dogs, and that there are several steps you can take to help keep them fit physically AND mentally. Try these 4 tips to help your cat live longer happily with you!
1. Make food a challenge. By utilizing a tool such as an indoor hunting feeder, not only will you tap into your cat’s innate desire to be a “hunter”, you’ll help stimulate his mind and prevent boredom. By stimulating his predatory needs, he’ll also act out less.
2. Be mindful of litter box location. Even if you want to keep your cat’s litter box out of sight and mind, be aware of the surroundings of it. Are there any loud noises? Is it hard to get to? Do you have one on each level of your house? If you’ve noticed any changes in bathroom routines for your cat, and medical issues have been ruled out, consider what may be impacting his behavior in regard to the litter box environment. Our Grantsburg Animal Hospital veterinarians are happy to give you tips on litter and location.
3. Enrich the environment with fun toys. No one really wants to sleep every day away! By having toys available, enhanced with the benefit of a tasty treat, not only will your cat be getting a side benefit of exercise, but also help fight boredom and obesity! We have some fun and feline tested items in our online store!
4. Bring your cat to come see us. Frequent visits to see us help to ensure your feline companion is at a healthy weight and detect any signs of disease that can impact his overall health. By catching disease early, interventions can be made when they impact your wallet less . Even if your cat is suspicious of visits, or resistant to getting into the cat carrier, we offer helpful ideas for easing this stress.
We strive to provide the very best in quality of medical care possible. If you ever have questions, or suspect changes in your cat’s behavior that are concerning, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-924-0588.
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