As such a proud and formidable species, our favourite felines often try and put on brave faces even when they’re feeling a little under the weather. But as they’re owners and best friends, it only takes a few subtle — or not so subtle — signs to know when something is a little off.
They’re not hiding behind the sofa and attacking your leg every time you enter the room. They’re not sprawling out on your lap like some royal prince or princess. And, although somewhat thankfully, they’re not delivering you ‘presents’ that are still twitching when you go to make your coffee in the morning.
This change in behaviour wouldn’t be recognised by anyone but you. And so, it’s your duty to be able to notice such signs and messages from your cat so you can jump in and give them a little
helping hand when they need it. But even more so than that, other than just treatment, you also want to prevent things from ever reaching that point. We want to maintain the health and dignity of our fluff balls, and, therefore, should always follow the rule that prevention is the best medicine.
With that in mind, we’re going to share some general tips for caring for your kitty cat on a day-to-day basis. Stick to them and you’ll not only help ensure they stay healthy and free from illness but that they remain proudly by your side for many, many more years to come.
The Proud & Healthy Cat Checklist
First things first, just like humans, cats need all the basic needs covered before anything else. That means not only ensuring food, water, and bathroom needs are provided for, but also that they’re safe — i.e., have an ID collar or microchip — and they have everything they need to play to their heart’s content.
Let’s start with food and drink. In the past, many vets recommended cats should eat dry food, and dry food only. However, today it seems they’re changing their minds and suggesting an exclusively wet food diet to ensure they get all the moisture they need. Keep in mind as well that, as cats tend to overeat, you should only give them just enough for each sitting.
The drink is just as straightforward — simply make sure they have ready access to clean, fresh water at all hours. If it’s hot out or your cat likes its liquid, it may be worth investing in a pet water fountain to provide them with flowing, filtered water.
Now, if you have a kitten or an indoor cat, the next thing you want to ensure is they have a sturdy and scoopable litter tray. This will allow for easy daily cleaning and for you to spot any health
warning signs — frequent peeing, odour change, feces change, or blood in urine — and take care
of them immediately.
Last but not least, we have play. For cats, play is as important as food and drink as it can literally
mean life or death — albeit more so in the wild than the street — if they don’t keep working on their
hunting skills and aerobic capacity. A playful and happy cat that has formidable enemies and foes, like toy mice filled with catnip and laser pointers, develops strong claws, robust lungs, and a sharp and alert nervous system to keep them fit and out of harm’s way.
That’s all the basic needs covered, apart from one major and terrifying one: the vets. From as
young an age as possible, your cat should get acquainted with a good veterinarian. To make it a
long and happy relationship, seek out a holistic vet that deals in both the physical and the spiritual
needs of the pet. As well as taking into account the mental health of your puss, holistic vets use natural remedies
when possible and evaluate cats only after a complete assessment of all their body systems. Rather than a visit to the vets, this can make holistic vet practices more like a visit to their favourite