Every cat parent wants to have a healthy and active feline pet. And you may think you are providing the best care you can for your cat, but are you giving your cat the best care that she needs?
We have some everyday health tips to help you have a healthier cat:
1. Food Essentials
The age, breed and size of your cat matters when determining the amount and frequency of food she needs. Cats will overeat if you give them too much food so it is best not to provide your cat with an all-you-can eat buffet and only feed her small portions a few times a day. Give your cat food with a balance of nutrients and read the instructions on the bag or can for portion sizes. Also, talk to your vet to make sure you are providing your cat with any special nutrition she may need for certain health conditions.
2. Fresh Water
Cats love fresh, clean water and sometimes won’t drink if the water isn’t fresh so make sure your cat’s water bowl is always clean and has fresh water. This will encourage your cat to drink the amount of water that she needs to stay hydrated. During the summer and other warmer months, your cat may need even more water daily to stay hydrated so check her water bowl often throughout the day.
3. Clean Litter Box
Just like humans prefer to use a clean bathroom, cat also like a clean litter box. Scoop your cat’s litter box on a daily basis to remove their waste. Then change out the litter and clean the litter box thoroughly once a week.
4. Playtime and Exercise
While cats are very low-maintenance pets, they still need attention and playtime to stimulate their minds and to give them daily exercise. Find fun and challenging toys that your cat likes to play with to give her the exercise and challenges that she needs daily. For more information, read our blog post: “4 Reasons Playtime and Toys Are Good for your Cat”.
5. Dental Care
Cats can have dental issues and you want to avoid those the best that you can. You can buy additives to add to your cat’s water, treats and food that will help reduce the buildup of plaque and tartar on your cat’s teeth which will prevent dental disease. Brushing your cats teeth regularly with a toothpaste specifically designed for cats is also an option but unless you start this procedure while your cat is still a kitten, she may not accept brushing with open paws. For more details on how to keep your cat’s teeth healthy, please read our blog post: “5 Signs of Cat Dental Disease”.
6. Regular Vet Visits
Regular trips to the vet are a crucial part of your cat’s overall wellness. Veterinarians are trained animal doctors who can exam your cat thoroughly and provide you with the best care tips specific to your cat.
Being a pet parent can sometimes be a full-time job and we know that every parent sometimes need a sitter – or in this case a cat sitter. If you need help caring for your cat during the day or your cat care while you are at work or during your vacation, TAILored Pet Services can help! Our professional cat sitters will make sure your cat has fresh water and food, check her litter box and help keep your cat active with some playtime. To learn more about our services, visit our Services page or call us at 425-923-7791.