Keeping Your Cat Happy

Happy Cat Tips

By Lauren Barbo, Certified Vet Tech and Agway of Cape Cod’s Pet Expert

Every September we celebrate and recognize our feline friends by dedicating a whole month to their happiness and wellbeing. Whether your cat lives indoors or outdoors there are many ways to create an environment that encourages cats to thrive. Here is a list of 5 ways to keep your cat healthy and happy…

1.Playing with Cats 

  • Mental stimulation and enrichment can prevent behavioral issues, boredom and weight gain.
  • Stimulating your cat to run or chase toys such as a Kong Laser, feather streamers, Kong Kitten Mice, Kong Light Laser Teaser or Catnip. 
  • Jumping and climbing areas. Cat furniture towers are a fun playground for your pet! 
  • Scratching trees and scratching posts can prevent your pets desire to scratch your furniture and provide entertainment. It is also a natural way for them to care for their nails.

2. Making Them Work for Food

  • Food toys can help channel cats natural hunting instincts 
  • Hiding food in different places
  • Slow release kibble toys can stimulate your pet to play while eating 

3.Visting the Veterinarian

  • Healthy pets are happy pets! 
  • Yearly wellness visits can prevent or detect any medical conditions that you may not even know are an issue. 
  • Microchipping your pet can keep them safe if they become lost and found. 
  • Purchasing a cat carrier that your cat properly fits in 

4. Litter Box Use 

  • Using the rule N+ 1 to forumlate how many litter boxes your house should have (1 cat = 2 litter boxes)
  • Keeping the litter boxes in a quiet area of the house
  • Cleaning out any messes and eliminations daily 
  • Automatic cleaning litter boxes

5. Low Stress Environment and Pet Proofing Your House

  • Securing breakable items such as vases or glass on the counter 
  • Putting medications back in a secure area 
  • As much as we all love beautiful flowers it’s important to make sure any plants you bring into your house are non toxic to your pet! The MSPCA is a wonderful resource to learn more about which flowers or plants may cause systemic issues. 
  • Using natural calming pheromones such as a Feliway Plug in may lower any stress or anxiety in your pet.
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