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Increasing Your Cat’s Lifespan

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.

I Love You This Much, Cat

So the other day, I stumbled across an old letter. The writing was messy, it was all scribbled in pencil (and it was fading). I couldn’t recall what it was and was about to chuck it out until I realised what it was. It was a letter I randomly wrote when I was 14!

Now it’s not the proudest thing ever. In fact, I alternated between cringing and laughing about how lame it is… but anyway, here it is. Just for entertainment 😉

Dear Kitty,

Today when I was binge watching the big bang theory season 8 episodes, Penny sang this beautiful lullaby to make Sheldon sleep which goes like this: “Soft kitty, warm kitty…”

The lines drew my attention towards you as I had my real lullaby with me and I could always sleep beside you and feel the warm cuddle. I felt like I don’t need anyone else to make me feel at rest because I can always turn to you if I ever feel lonely and you’d be there with all your attention. I don’t say this very often but I really love you, my kitty cat.

I still remember the day I held you in my arms for the first time and you just looked at me with you big eyes as if you knew I was going to be your roommate/ mate/ partner in crime for life. I just loved how you comfortably slipped into my arms feeling so secure and sure about me. That gave me feeling of responsibility that I’m till now bearing with pleasure.

I wonder what it would be like to be in your shoes. I mean do you still miss your friends back at pet store? And have you forgiven me for distancing them from you? Also why do you make a sad face when my friends come over to hang out? I mean you know that I love you more than anyone and sometimes I have to divert my attention to other important stuffs. But I’m glad that you forget about everything as soon as call your name and you come running towards me leaving your never-ending hunt for mice. I just want you to know that it has been a lovely ride ( though bumpy sometimes when you fall sick) but I have enjoyed being with you more than anything. I love you so much!

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Like I said, extremely lame and embarrassing but hey, I was young (no idea why I even wrote that though) and it’s always funny to look back and have a laugh.

My Cat Scratched My Leather Couch

Recently, I was really taught a lesson by my very own cat. Yes, my neglect led to my cat scratching out my expensive leather couch. More than often, we don’t realize how much attention our pets need and it can be a real learning journey (with lots of painful lessons along the way!).

I had an important presentation which I had been working on 8 to 10 hours a day since the previous Monday. With all this work on my mind, I had completely overlooked Misty who was around a year old then. I should admit I did see notice that she wanted a lot of attention, but I was too engrossed in the work to be able to give her some time.

Misty used to sit on my lap, but since I had to work on my laptop, I preferred to use my desk and not the couch. But Misty is a sweet cat. She did not mind sitting on the couch alone as long as I was around and visible. I could sense Misty waiting for me, but I could just manage to pat her every half an hour or so and then get back to work. I then gave her the special cat milk I had bought from the supermarket on Sunday. Misty liked the milk and after some time slept on the couch itself.

The next day was Wednesday, and I got up at 4 am to catch an early morning flight to Boston where I had a client presentation. Misty was still on the couch and appeared to be in a deep sleep. I chose not to disturb her. I filled up her food bowl with her favorite food and also two containers full of water. That would be enough to take care of her until the evening, and I will somehow make up for it when I return home.

I reached Boston on time, and the presentation went very well. I was happy and already expecting to hear some kind words from my boss. But that was to happen tomorrow at work. It was time for home and Misty whom I had neglected for the last three days. I was eagerly waiting to catch my flight back home, and there was news of inclement weather delaying the flight. Instead of 7 pm, I reached back home at 11 pm. I was anxious about Misty now.kitty scratched my leather sofa

I did not see anything unusual at home. Everything seemed normal. I went straight to the bedroom, kept my bag and came out looking for Misty and saw her lying in the corner of the living room. Usually, she would come running to me, but that was not the case today. I could sense something wasn’t right. I picked her up and turned back towards the couch to see it badly scratched and even torn from a few places.

Well I guess it was waiting to happen one day. I kept ignoring mom’s words of not restricting Misty’s access to the couch and my bed. Had I heeded my mom’s advice, maybe this wouldn’t have happened! But more than the couch, it was her display of anger that had shocked me completely. I won’t be underestimating her anymore!

3 Things Responsible Cat Owners Should Do

Having a pet cat is no joke. It entails a lot of responsibilities on the part of the owner. You need to keep in mind that your pet’s life depends entirely on you. Your choices can affect whether or not your cat will live a healthy and happy life. It’s also essential to be totally committed to your cat. As we know, cats (or animals in general) know and understand more than we think. When you commit to your cat, make sure that it’s for a lifetime and that you put in your best effort to look after and love your pet.

Exercise

Your pets need exercise as much as you do. When it comes to your cats, you simply cannot let them become overweight. Try your best to help them maintain their lean figure. Keep in mind that feline obesity can lead to more serious complications like heart disease, skin disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes.

Oral Care

Keeping your cat’s teeth clean is of vital importance. Unfortunately, this is one aspect of pet care that is often overlooked. Just like with people, cats can develop dental diseases that make it painful to eat. It’s a known fact that your cat probably does not have the most pleasant breath! While this is quite normal, you should pay more attention if your cat has extremely foul breath. This is a warning sign for oral problems and has the potential to get worse if ignored. Your cat can end up suffering from more gum problems.

Just like us humans, your cat should actually have at least an annual oral check up. Don’t forget to add that to the calendar! You also need to clean your cat’s teeth regularly (yet another often neglected point). Cats aren’t the easiest pets to deal with so you’re best off getting your little kitten accustomed to it so you don’t have to deal with an extremely reluctant adult feline.

Regular Visits to the Vet 

This should go without saying. To have a concrete idea of your cat’s health, you need to take them to see a vet regularly. No matter how observant you are, there is still a chance that you have completely missed the signs that your cat is sick. Your vet can give you sound advice on vaccinations, nutrition, weight management, flea control and more.

If you’re wondering how often you should be taking your cat to the vet, I would suggest at least once every 6 months. Some people might think it’s a bit of an overkill since they only take their cat to the vet if there’s a problem but I believe in regular checkups. This is because your kitten’s health can change very quickly within a short few months or even weeks. If your cat is sick, it might also not have any obvious signs that you might detect. Hence, in this case, a vet checkup could spot any illness and seek to address any issues early on.

Instead of merely depending on your vet, it is also advisable to do your own check ups on your cat at home. This will help you to be familiar with your cat’s health, so you’d know if something is out of the ordinary for your kitty. If you find that something has changed, you will be able to take your cat to the vet early.

 

This article presented three things responsible cat owners should do. Always keep them in mind.

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