If you’ve already made your New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to turn to the well-being of your cat. It’s the perfect opportunity to establish new routines that will make this year your cat’s healthiest and happiest yet.
Here are some ideas to make the upcoming year a healthy, happy, and all around fantastic year for your cat.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Add the numbers of a 24/7 animal poison control center and your nearest 24/7 vet hospital to your cell phone and place the numbers near your home phone. Create a pet first aid kit and place a pet rescue window alert on an outside window of your home to notify firefighters there are pets inside. Create a pet evacuation kit, something you may not have thought before the devastating wildfires and hurricanes this past year (here’s what to include from ready.gov).
Lastly, make sure your cat’s ID tags and microchip records are updated if your phone number or address has changed. And if your cat is not microchipped, visit your vet or local clinic to get one.
Play with your cat at least 15 minutes twice a day to burn off extra calories, release pent-up energy and keep your cat healthy…he or she will love you for it and it’s fun for you too!
Let the Games Begin
Engage your cat in mental exercise as well with food or treat dispensing and puzzle toys like these at amazon.com. And pick up the book The Trainable Cat by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis and understand it is really is possible to train your cat. Vow to teach your cat a new trick each month, starting with coming when his or her name is called (without you shaking a bag of treats!)
Visit the Vet
Schedule a vet visit to make sure your cat is in good health. People take their cats to the vet much less regularly than dogs and who can blame them? Vet visits are stressful for you and your cat; however, they are a necessity. They allow you to catch any problems or diseases early on which is especially important since cats mask any signs of pain. Keep your cat up-to-date on vaccinations and maintain a regular schedule of flea and tick preventives if you have an outdoor kitty.
Create a Cat Health Record
Stop by MeowReport.com to download a free Cat Health History Form. It’s all you need to track your cat’s health and help your dog’s vet provide better care.
Feed Your Cat Well
Take time to research your cat’s food and the other options that are available to make sure he or she is getting the very best. While we couldn’t find an independent website for cat food ratings like dogfoodadvisor.com and whole-dog-journal.com for dogs, here are a few sources for learning how to choose the best food and how various brands stack up:
Commit to maintaining a good grooming schedule. Regular brushing, bathing if kitty allows, nail clipping and weekly teeth brushing all keep your cat healthy, comfortable and looking good.
Help Your Cat Help Others
Could your cat become a therapy cat and visit nearby hospitals or clinics to brighten up some people’s moods. Find out more about it at:
Help a Shelter
Not all pets are as lucky as yours, so help pets in need by donating money, goods, or your time (your cat will be happy to share you for a good cause). There are many ways to volunteer – from taking photos of shelter pets, to fostering, and posting profiles of available pets online. Begin with a minimal time commitment if it makes it easier to get started.
Start a Pet Savings Account
Regularly put aside money in a dedicated savings account or simply in tuck it an envelope and use it for vet care or even for new toys when all of yours seem to have done missing (P.S. Check to see if your cat has batted the toys under the fridge and stove).
This is your year to lock in good pet-sitting resources long before you schedule a trip. Take the time now to read reviews, visit facilities and meet pet sitters to find just the right fit for dog care while you’re away.
Spend Quality Time with Your Cat
Give your cat your undivided attention each and every day. Play with your cat with interactive toys or snuggle on the couch and give your kitty an extended petting session And get to know and understand your cat’s likes and dislikes to improve and strengthen your bond.
Clean the Cat Stuff
Round up all of your cat’s toys and give them a good washing and launder all your dog’s bedding. Then make a plan to keep up the clean – for instance, wash your cat’s toys the first of each month and your dog’s bedding every other time you wash your sheets.
Read the Meow Report
Keep reading Meow Report to learn how to best care for your cat, and sign up for Meow Report Weekly Email newsletters (coming again soon) so you don’t miss a tip! Please share Meow Report with others with cats too.
Happy New Year!
Thank you to Jason Wolff for the photo of beautiful Wanda.