Valuable Tips on How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy And Healthy
Making Your Indoor Cat Happy
Cats are intensely curious about their surroundings And they are not satisfied, until with all their senses, they scope out their whole environment. Cats love to chew, and electrical cords unfortunately are one of their favorites.
To keep your cat away from this dangerous hazard, an easy solution is to wrap the cords in material specifically made for covering cords. It is cheap, and will protect your cat from gnawing on dangerous electric cords. To protect your cat from choking or swallowing something hazardous, inspect those toys that have loose parts carefully.
You may think a dish doesn't matter. But believe it or not, some cats are finicky about their bowls. Stainless steel bowls are highly recommended. Plastic and ceramic bowls are good, but they can scratch, and leave crevices where bacteria can grow inside the bowl. I found dishes with a slight curve or slope on the inside work best if you are using wet food. The curve will help eliminate the food from getting stuck on the edges.
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Is Your Cat Lazy or Fat?
Did you know an indoor cat can become lazy and seriously overweight if it is not active. Taking a proactive approach to keeping your cat happy and healthy, can quite possibly add years to your cat's life. A fat cat does not necessarily mean a healthy cat.
Cats can become dangerously overweight, just like people. Over feeding your indoor cat can often lead to serious health problem's, shortening it's life. I am pretty sure that is the last thing you want. So the first thing you can to do is find the proper amount of food your cat should be eating based on your cat's weight.
Many people leave a dish of dry food out all day, unfortunately, this may encourage your cat to eat more, and all the time. But in all fairness not always. Although some cats may even continue to eat even when they are not hungry. Which can cause digestion issues for your cat. It is estimated for every ten pounds, a cat can be fed 1/4-1/3 cup of dry cat food.
You can break this up into intervals throughout the day, so your cat gets the food it needs. One can of wet food a day is also a yummy treat for your cat. Wet food is always a great way to keep your cat hydrated as well, because of the high water content it contains. Don't forget a fresh bowl of cool water. Even drop some ice into the bowl to keep it cool.
Playing And Scratching
Indoor cats need to play and stay active to help maintain a healthy weight. It is a very important part of their healthy development. Having a few play things and toys for your cat will keep it busy playing, thus boosting your cat's benefits for maximum health.
Cats love to climb, jump and run, there is no doubt about that. Choosing a cat tree or cat house that provides the best exercise for your cat is important. You will want something that fits into your living space, yet useful for your cat to use.
It is important to choose something your cat can scratch on, hide in, and of course climb and jump on. This will build coordination and give your kitty plenty of exercise. Cardboard boxes are a useful and cheap commodity to have around the house.
Your cats will love playing in them, sleeping in them, and most of all they will love scratching on them. Make some different sized holes, connect a couple boxes and you have a cardboard cat house that your cat is sure to love.
Toys Can Help Keep Indoor Cats Engaged and Active
Cats love toys, and almost anything can be turned into a playful cat toy. The more toys a cat has access too, the less likely it is to become sedentary. The following are some great, low-cost toy ideas that are perfect for indoor cats.
Good Toys for Indoor Cats
- Little felt mice with a bit of catnip inside. My cats get a kick out of these little mice, pouncing and swatting them all over the house. Sprinkle some catnip on the mouse, your cat might perk up a bit after getting a whiff of the scent.
- Thing on a String, many cats adore things on a string. You can buy string anywhere. Take some yarn, ball it up and tie it to the string. There you have a thing on a string. Any soft toy will do.
- What about those laser pointers? Cats go wild for that little red or blue light. Your cat can get plenty of exercise chasing that laser around, be safe and do not point directly at your cat's eyes.
- A crumpled up piece of paper. My cat gets excited when I crumple paper, she is ready and waiting for me to throw it so she can pounce on and bring it back for more. And I throw it again and again. This is also great exercise for your cat.
- A small sock or piece of material tied in small knots. Easy enough on their teeth and light enough to bat around.
Cats Need a Lot of Protein
Cats need five times more protein than dogs need. That's because cats use protein for energy when possible. A cat's body is specifically made for consuming more protein than carbohydrates, this is a trademark of a carnivore.
Cats Have an Impressive Population
There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with 40 of those as recognized breeds.
Cats Are Domestic Carnivores
Domestic cats are carnivores by nature.
Cats' Meows Can Change Over Time
A kitten's meow starts out with a high-pitched squeak-like sound. Most meows will deepen as they get older.
Enjoying Your Happy & Healthy Cat
Tricks & Yumminess
You can teach your cat tricks. Your cat might not be as quick to learn as a dog but they can learn. How about this, have your cat sit pretty for a treaty. It can be done. Use a small stool or a box that your cat can jump onto.
Pat the top of the box while saying treaty. Your cat can eventually learn new tricks while getting exercise, food and love all wrapped into one.
Another simple trick is playing fetch. Something as simple as a crumpled up piece of paper will work just fine. Fling the paper ball a few feet in front of you, not too far, just enough to tease your cat.
Use the same routine, throwing the paper further each time. Cats love rewards, love and some yumminess just might give your cat some encouragement to sit, play and fetch.
Is Your Cat Happy?
So how do you keep your cat happy and healthy? The simplest way is to make your cat feel safe and secure, keep the above mentioned tips in mind. And you should have a happy and healthy cat to love, and one that loves you back.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2014 Boo McCourt