Happy Cat: Happy Life

Stress… anxiety… worry… concern… fear… life has a way of bogging us down with all of these negative, heavy feelings.  Whether it is a demanding job or juggling your family’s very hectic schedule we all have responsibilities that can stretch us very thin.  I know many of us look forward to those brief moments of tranquility when we can forget all of the demands and just appreciate a snuggle from our favorite feline friend.  Our cats bring us a sense of calm happiness just by being there; allowing us to take a moment to relax while getting the comfort of their soft fur and gentle purr.  For all the happiness they bring into our lives, here are a couple easy guidelines to follow to ensure that your beloved cat is a happy cat.

  1. 1236823_3865947566979_1233512200_n bRegular Veterinary Visits: Cats are very stoic creatures.  Many diseases are asymptomatic (without symptoms) or show subtle symptoms that only a trained professional, or perhaps a blood test, would be able to detect.  Even indoor only cats can’t escape illness caused by age or heredity.  Early detection can be the difference between easy management, extensive treatment, or even fatality.  Regular (meaning annual or semi-annual) veterinary visits can literally save your cat’s life.  At Mission Animal and Bird Hospital, we set you up with an easy to follow, financially manageable plan to ensure your cat is receiving proper annual care with our Wellness Plans.
  2. No Feline Fatties: Obesity in cats is a growing epidemic.   “The normal state for cats is as agile, acrobatic, sleek hunters.  They are happiest when they can act that way, and carrying around excess weight impedes their ability to move and run and play,” says Dr. Jane Brunt from CATalyst Council.  Beyond that, any extra weight (even as little as 2 pounds!) greatly increases your cat’s risk of heart disease, arthritis, and more health issues.  If your cat is carrying a couple extra pounds, one of our veterinarians would be happy to sit down with you and set up an easy to manage weight loss plan.
  3. Work Their Wits: Engage your cat’s curiosity by making an enriched environment.  Cats, who lack enrichment, are more likely to be destructive, exhibit aggressive play, or become reclusive.  There are some really easy ways to enhance your cat’s life.  Incorporate toys, especially ones that encourage your cat’s inner hunter, such as those that you wiggle or dangle.  Set up boxes or other objects for your cat to explore.  Get a fish tank or place a bird feeder outside a window and your cat will be captivated for hours watching the other animals.  There are even cat enrichment videos (just make sure your TV is secure!).
  4. Keep Your Kitty Indoors: The outside world is a scary place!  With coyotes, cars, illness, and other treacherous environmental factors to consider in our area, the best policy is definitely to keep your kitty safe and secure inside your home.  In the event that your sweet kitty accidentally gets outside, make sure you have them micro-chipped to help bring them home safely.
  5. Stress Free Is The Way To Be: Stress in a cat’s environment does more than make them anxious, it can make them sick. If you know of any upcoming change or new 1544947_4352955901883_4040735569689604103_nbstimulus in your home, come in and talk to one of our animal health care professionals, who will help you come up with a plan to help make any transition easier on your feline companion.  Keeping your cat’s environment consistent, calm, and safe will help ensure that your cat remains healthy and happy!

Our cats bring so much joy and love into our lives.  Keep these 5 simple steps in mind to ensure your cat is a happy cat!

Questions?  Concerns?  Call (760)433-3763 to speak with one of the knowledgeable team members at Mission Animal and Bird Hospital today!

2 Responses

  1. I have an older cat and adopted kittens. My older cat has hit them and bit one so far. How do I get them to get along ?
    • Dr. Bob Cartin
      I hope things have smoothed out a bit. In most situations, it just takes some adjustment time for our feline friends to find balance with new furry family members. Here is a great article by the ASPCA about multi-cat households: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/common-cat-behavior-issues/aggression-between-cats-your-household Of course if you are still having issues, we would be happy to schedule you some time to speak with one of our doctors. Best Regards, Brittany Kolehmainen Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Animal & Bird Hospital (760)433-3763

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