Follow these five easy tips and you’ll make your cat healthy for many years to come.
1. The Essential Cat
Your cat has certain needs, some of those are basic: food, water, liter box and bowls or glasses. Bowls are used for food, while drinking water from glasses make cats feel fancy and elegant. Carriers are also important, as are ID collars and microchips, especially if your cat spends time outside.
2. Chowing Down
Food and water are essential for any living being. Likewise, cats like their water fresh and clean. You can even splurge and buy water fountains that provide your cat with filtered, flowing water. Now we know what you’re thinking, “I’m not spending that kind of money!” Don’t worry. Just make sure they have access to clean water, allowing them to quench those parched lips whenever they please.
3. The Litter Box “Thing”
Cats are very fastidious creatures. They like their litter box to be clean. If it isn’t clean, they might start “going” elsewhere, and you certainly don’t want to deal with that. A good, scoopable litter is great for easy cleaning on a daily basis.
And daily cleaning means you can keep an eye on your cat’s health for early warning signs (e.g., abnormal frequency in peeing, odor changes, feces change, or blood in urine) and make sure any problems that arise are taken care of immediately.
4. Grooming Doesn’t Necessarily Have to Involve Brylcreem
While cats are very clean creatures with saliva containing natural deodorants and cleansing properties, they do need a little help every now and then.
Some advocate a bath once in a while. This is your decision and may depend greatly on how cooperative the cat is.
If you do decide to wash your cat, use a special cat shampoo and warm water.
5. Vet is Not a Dirty Three Letter Word
Making an appointment with a vet is paramount when purchasing a new cat, especially if it hasn’t been spayed or neutered. Holistic vets can be advantageous because they use natural remedies, as well as trusted medication, to keep your pet in good health.
Your cat is your best friend, so treat “kitty” like royalty.