What You Need to Know to Keep Your Cat Healthy

caring for your catOur cats are living well into their teens thanks to excellent state-of- the-art veterinary medicine, good nutrition, and general lifestyle trends, which promote overall health and well-being for your pet. Here are some tips to ensure your favourite feline remains in optimal health.

Litter Box Hygiene

It’s important to keep your cat’s litter box in pristine condition at all times. Cats, by nature, are very clean creatures and will refuse to use a dirty box. Also, consider that when they step out of the box, they walk through your home and jump on your furniture (possibly even your bed!) so a clean box benefits the whole household.

Dirty litter MAY attract flies and become a breeding ground for bacteria. Scoop at least once a day, if not more. The rule is: one litter box per cat in the household. Using the right litter can also help maintain the hygiene of your litter box and control odours. A scoopable clay litter like Fresh Step is easy to scoop and very absorbent. It contains plant extracts, which trap odours in your litter box and convert bad smells into fresh scents. The plant extracts and carbon help to eliminate odours naturally. Keep your litter box topped with about three inches of litter and refill as often as needed.

Cater Nutrition Needs to Age, Energy and Breed

Good nutrition is essential to keeping your cat not only in tiptop condition but also at a healthy weight. It’s simple! The saying “you are what you eat” not only applies to people but to our pets. It’s really important not to feed your cat from the table because she won't be getting a balanced diet with the vitamins and minerals that cats need on a daily basis.

Cats are carnivores so look for a wet or dry food that offers the optimum amount of protein. Cat food manufacturers offer really good information on their websites, so start by reading up on various products and take advice not only from your veterinarian but also from pet specialty retailers who know a lot about the food on their shelves.

Things to take into account when choosing a food are: your cat’s age and weight, her activity levels and also any medical issues that she may be suffering from and which may require a special diet. There are also many breed-specific diets. Check if there is one that may suit her. Just like people, cats on an all-natural wholesome diet have more energy and tend to have glossier coats and less skin problems. You owe it to your cat to feed her the best you can afford.

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