10 tips to keep your feline happy and healthy

Hello September and hello Happy Healthy Cat Month! To celebrate I'm sharing a few great tips and tricks to help you keep your feline fur-kids Happy + Healthy! Being a feline fur-momma myself, this hits close to home and I'm excited to share these great tips and tricks!

You may not know it, but every September, we celebrate our feline friends with an entire month dedicated to their well-being. It's called Happy Healthy Cat Month! Many people think that felines don't need as much attention or care as their canine counterparts, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

From companionship to pest control, they’ve been a wonderful addition to our lives, and Happy Cat Month celebrates all they’ve done, and reminds us of what we should do to make sure we have a happy cat.

So here are some of my favorite tips to keep your feline happy and healthy!

Health Tips

  1. Preventative Vet Visits: Even our feline overlords need to have a check-up, just to be on the safe side. Many people think their felines have a hard time going to the vet, due to them being difficult to get into the carrier. By acclimatizing them to their carrier this will make the vet trips and any other drives with them, much more enjoyable ...for both of you. Annual check-ups are a great preventative measure to help keep your feline's happy and healthy, from dental health to a senior check-up, even if they're an indoor-only cat, preventative vet visits can help immensely. If it's been a while since your feline's been to the vet, be sure to take a moment now to book their visit today.

  2. Pest Prevention: While you're at the vet, be sure to ask them about pest control from fleas to heartworm and everything in between that can cause chaos, even for an indoor pet. And while you're there, don't forget to update any vaccinations needed as well.

  3. Give them good food. It doesn't have to be the most expensive, believe me, I know not everyone can afford the top of the line, but, be sure to give them the best quality you're able to and be sure to check over those ingredient lists and investigate what you're feeding them regularly. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your vet, they are a wonderful resource of information about your felines dietary needs!

  4. Avoid Obesity. Be sure to watch how much of that great food and treats you're feeding your feline fur-kids. If you think your fur-kid might be getting a little too chunky, be sure to talk about it with your vet, they always have some amazing suggestions on how to help keep the pounds off and how to shed a few too.

  5. Microchipping + and Pet ID. Be sure to have some form of great ID for your feline, even if they're an indoor-only feline. From Microchips to Tattoos and even kitty collars with ID, if you have any questions about the best ID for your pet, be sure to talk to your vet. And if you have a microchip for your furkid or a tattoo, don't forget to keep the records up to date if you've moved, had a phone number or email address changed, etc. You can learn more about updating your pet ID and the importance of pet ID on my previous blog post here for Check the Chip Day!

  6. Make Your Cat Work for Treats. Not unlike our canine companions, our feline companions love to have mental exercise not just physical. Be sure to teach them a trick or simply make them work for a treat with a great puzzle for them to figure out! There are TONS of great ideas out there!

  7. Train good habits. Good habits ties into the suggestion above, teaching them great tricks and habits not only can keep them safe but also mentally stimulated and help keep them safe too.

Happiness Tips

1. Enrich their environment. Keep them entertained and create great playtime opportunities including purchasing some of the amazing toys that help you bond with your feline companion and toys to help them "hunt" and use that "wild" instinct they love to utilize (sometimes even at the most inopportune times)!

2. Making Your Home Cat Friendly with a place to scratch and climb. Cat's love being up high and they LOVE scratching! Make sure your furkid has a comfortable high place to retreat to relax and a great way to release some of that energy on a great scratching post too.

3. Companionship. If you only have one cat and you can, consider adopting another cat to give them a companion to be with. When I first adopted Lisa-Lee, she was lonely despite my being home with her most of the day. It was how I came to find Poly-ana and while they were never BFFs, they did keep each other company and did love each other very much and I believe it made them both happier to have another feline to share our home with. These days, since Lisa-Lee passed, Poly-ana is now BFF's with another companion, our little Shih Tzu, Ozzy - we're pretty sure Ozzy is a part cat or at least close enough for Poly-ana's taste. They often snuggle up together, rub against each other, and just plain enjoy each other's company.

There you have it! 10 great tips to help keep your feline happy and healthy for a happy cat month! Be sure to share your favorite tips and your feline furkids with us today on our social media pages in the comments section with this post! I can't wait to see all your beautiful felines!