As they say, actions speak louder than words and that is extra important when interacting with cats. If you want to show gratitude to your cat(s), here are the top 3 ways to do so:
Since cats are usually very “food-driven,” feed them healthy food—and treats. Please keep in mind they are obligate carnivores. They do best when eating a moist “Catkins” diet: high protein, high fat and low carb with no by-products or soy.
Make sure your feline family gets a thorough physical checkup at least once a year (including blood work) by a feline-oriented veterinarian. Dental cleanings (including dental x-rays) are extremely important at least every 2 years. Since cats are so good at hiding pain, we should not assume they are healthy.
Spending at least 10-15 minutes every day engaging your cat in a “hunting” activity is one of the most fun and loving things you can do. Outdoor cats typically hunt 5-6 hrs./day. Our indoor cats need to “hunt” too! Invest in some safe, effective cat toys* and find a place in your home that has carpet or a large area rug/ runner (they need traction) and play with your cats--one at a time! Avoid group play because cats are not pack animals and can become stressed when there is competition for the “prey.”
* There are thousands of cat toys on the market, but some are not very effective or safe. Please feel free to contact me for my approved list.
posted on 11/23/2020