With advancements in the science and technology of pet care, it seems that the average cat lifespan has seen an increase in recent years. We rejoice at this news and we welcome it. In fact, we have seen cats live well into their twenties.
This article presents a couple of things you can do to ensure that your cat can live a long and healthy life.
Buying Quality Cat Food
Proper nutrition is vital in terms of keeping your feline friend healthy. You need to ensure that their diet fits their particular needs. There are a number of factors to consider here: age, general health, weight, reproductive status, etc.
So before buying anything, make sure that you consult your vet so that they can make the proper recommendations.
A Clean and Healthy Environment
Just like us humans, a clean and healthy environment goes a long way in contributing to our health. Your cat needs a clean environment to sleep in, play, explore, learn and grow. Do you clear your cat’s litter often enough? Are you managing your cat’s litter box correctly? If you struggle with this, you should consider investing in an automatic cat litter box. According to Catnapstore, cat litter boxes not only help you save time and increase your convenience, but it helps to give your cat better hygiene too.
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Aside from having the right diet, pet owners also need to ensure that their cats lead an active lifestyle. Interactive play is the best way to do this. You may not realize it but feline obesity can lead to serious consequences such as diabetes, skin disease, and heart disease to name a few.
Refrain from pampering your cat with too many treats!
Just like with kids, you don’t want to be handing out excessive treats to your cat. Watch the calorie intake and make sure that treats are less than 5 per cent of your cat’s daily meals.
Vaccinate On Time
Make sure you give your cat all its vaccinations and on time too. Besides the main vaccines, there are also other vaccinations that your cat might benefit from. Ask your vet about specific vaccines that can help lower your cat’s chances of suffering from diseases.
As Much As Your Cat May Hate It, Keep It Indoors
Sure, this might sound like an overprotective cat parent but the truth is, if you allow your cats to explore outdoors all the time, you are actually allowing your cat to face dangerous situations. For example, your cat might get attacked by people or even other animals, or your cat might not know better and may eat something poisonous.
Give Your Cat Toys
Yes, cat toys are more than just a waste of money and more than just for fun. Some cats tend to be extremely lazy and don’t actually exercise much. In those cases, cat toys can really come in handy for a cat like that. Toys can also be an effective boredom killer. Some common but very useful toys can include cat trees.
The Importance of Water
Water is so important to your cat. A lack of water could lead to serious dehydration and could also cause urinary tract infection in your cat. Always give your cat ample clean water and you can even use cat fountains to entice your cat.
The Yearly Vet Check
Visiting the vet annually (or even better, twice a year) is really important to spot early changes in your cat’s health and to address any problems. Your vet can also help by giving good advice about your cat’s nutrition.
Keep A Look Out For Weight Gain
Cats are more prone to weight gain than say, dogs. And as we know, obesity in cats can easily lead to a whole host of other health issues. It is advised to buy a good pet scale to weigh your cat – one that can measure small changes in your cat’s weight so you’re always updated.
These are just a few of the things you need to remember if you want your cat to have a long and happy life.