For centuries, cats have been treasured pets, and for many of us, they are simply another member of the family. Although those who aren’t ‘cat people’ might not get it, many cats are best friends for their owners, providing company, comfort, and of course plenty of entertainment with their funny antics. However, whether you’ve already got an established feline family or it’s your first time bringing a new cat into your home, it’s important to bear in mind that these cute pets rely on us to keep them healthy and happy. Although the fact that cats are quite independent is a huge plus that busy people keep in mind when choosing a new pet, there’s still plenty that you’re responsible for when it comes to taking care of your cat and making sure that they have a fulfilled life. Here are our top cat care tips for a happy and healthy kitty.
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Tip #1. A Balanced and Varied Diet
When it comes to feeding, cats are usually quite easy to deal with since they tend to know what’s good and what isn’t too great for them to eat. Unlike dogs, which will eat literally anything that they can get their paws on, cats can usually sniff out foods that are poisonous to them and most will have a favorite brand of cat food, making it easy for you when it comes to feeding time. However, bear in mind that some treats, such as milk or cream, are simply too tempting for your feline friend even though they can lead to sickness. So, stick to specially designed cat milk and food and maybe add supplements for cats to keep your kitty in the best health.
Tip #2. A Clean, Hygienic Space
One of the main things that cat owners like about their pets is that cats tend to be very clean and hygienic animals. Cats usually start cleaning themselves as soon as they get a bit dirty or messy. You can let your cat outside all day long and rest assured that they’ll come home at the end of the day having licked themselves clean all over – no need to worry about muddy paw prints most of the time. As a cat owner, it’s down to you to ensure that your cat has a clean and hygienic space in your home – especially when it comes to their litter tray. A litter tray or box that is allowed to go uncleaned over time can quickly stress your cat out more than you may realize, so it’s vital to keep on top of cleaning it.
Tip #3. Entertainment
Cats are very active creatures, especially during the night when most cats will come alive and want to go out and hunt or do other cat things that humans aren’t privy to. However, if like most cat owners you’re unsure about letting your cat out after dark, then you’ll need to ensure that their active minds and bodies are kept occupied with alternatives, such as a laser pointer mouse, scratching posts, and other cat games and toys that you can find at any good pet store.
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