September is Happy Cat Month!
September 1st, 2017
September is Happy Cat Month! Here Are Ways to Make Your Cat Happy and Healthy All Year Long
Our furry feline friends capture our hearts with their companionship and love. Cats have lived alongside humans for almost as long as dogs and continue to be wonderful additions to our lives. Happy Cat Month celebrates our kitties and reminds us of what we should do to ensure that we have a purr-fectly happy cat.
History of Happy Cat Month
The CATalyst Council started Happy Cat Month to spread awareness about the health and welfare of cats. People believe that cats don’t need the same kind of love and care dogs do. The truth is that cats are very social animals and require the same attention we give to our dogs.
How Can We Celebrate Happy Cat Month?
Schedule a trip to the veterinarian. A healthy cat is a happy cat. Visit your vet for a check-up and make sure your cat’s vaccinations are up to date. Of course, we recommend veterinarians and veterinary hospitals, such as All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in the Kirkland area, that specialize in cats. Their friendly and experienced staff will show your cat how pleasant a trip to the vet can be!
Don't forget to ask your vet about preventative medications for fleas, ticks, mites, or heartworm. Even if your cat is strictly indoors, these nasty creatures can somehow still manage to make their way into your home. Preventative care will keep your cat happy and healthy.
Spend time with your cat. Cats love human attention and can’t seem to get enough time with you. Cats are bright and can be trained to do fun tricks. Did know that you can teach your cat to shake, sit on command, jump on stools instead of counters, and even jump through hoops? Both you and your kitty will enjoy your special time together.
Keep your cat entertained. One of the easiest ways to make your cat happy is with a new toy. Some cats go crazy for catnip, so buy your kitty some new toys that come filled with catnip. Experimenting with different kinds of toys will be fun for both you and your four-legged friend.
Buy high-quality food for your cat. As obligate carnivores, cats must eat food rich in protein. Make sure that your cat food lists meat as its primary ingredient. If your furry friend eats dry food, you may want to convert him or her to wet food – ask your veterinarian for help with this process if you find it daunting. You can begin this endeavor by purchasing some canned food as a treat.
Adopt another cat. Cats are social animals, so you may want to consider visiting your local shelter and adopting a new friend for your kitty. Cats love to play and having a playmate can improve their quality of life. There are too many adorable cats in shelters all over the country waiting for someone to give them forever homes.
One Key to Happiness
Studies show that having a cat can have mental and physical benefits for your health, thereby increasing your happiness. Make sure you celebrate Happy Cat Month with your special friend in September and every month of the year. Enjoy all the love the two of you share!
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