Felines are famous for being low maintenance, but cat parents still need to provide new cats or kittens with certain basic essentials and care to keep them purring. Here are 5 cat care tips below to get you started!
Diet for Your Cat
Talk to your veterinarian about what kind of food, how much and how often you should feed your cat. A high quality, brand name cat or kitten food is typically best. You can feed your cat canned food at specific times (throwing leftovers away after 30 minutes) or leave dry food out for your cat to nosh on.
Exercise Your Cat
Cats should get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day to stay healthy and happy. It burns calories, stimulates their minds and satisfies their natural urge to hunt, pounce and climb. Laser pointers, feathered cat toys or a simple ball are great ways to engage your cat in playful exercise.
Your Cat’s Health Care
It’s important to take your cat to the veterinarian for a yearly exam. Regular check-ups can help keep your kitty’s health on track and detect any issues early, when they can be easier to treat. Pet insurance with wellness coverage, like ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, can help you manage the costs of these preventive visits.
Housing for Your Kitty
Give your cat a comfortable place to rest and sleep in your home, like a pet bed. Keep in mind that pet beds can catch loose cat hair, so look for one with a removable cover that you can wash. A cup-shaped bed will help retain your furry friend’s body heat for extra coziness.
Identification and Microchips for Cats
Even indoor cats should wear a collar and ID tag in case they slip out of the house. A microchip is also a good idea for cats, since collars and ID tags can break off. Some pet insurance plans, including ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, cover microchipping.
Last but not least, be sure to provide your feline with lots of love and attention – but you knew that already!
Thanks to Mark for this great post about cat care tips.