March 28, 2021, is Respect Your Cat Day. We celebrate this day to make sure our cat moms and dads realize a few simple “rules” that will help them respect their feline friends.
Your kitty has been there when you were happy. Your kitty has been there when you were sad. Your kitty has, and always will, be there for you so take some extra time to respect them today.
5 Ways to Respect Your Cat
Petting your cat
Many cats are lovable creatures; however, you need to respect them when it comes to petting. They really love to get pet on their heads and necks. However, many cats despise having their belly rubbed. You must respect their space so that you don’t get scratched or bit.
Grooming your cat
Brushing is a significant part of parenting a cat. It keeps their coat soft, shiny, and healthy, thus helping to keep your cat healthy overall. Long-haired cats can develop problems with knots and matted hair, so it’s imperative to brush them daily, so this doesn’t happen.
Trimming your cat’s nails is also very important. Trimming a cat’s nails can be challenging to do on your own unless you start this at a very young age. Cat’s nails are continuously growing, and if you don’t keep them trimmed, they can curl into the pads of their paws and cause an infection. If you can’t do it on your own, reach out to a local cat groomer or your vet, and they can help you.
Don’t over-feed your cat
One of the most common questions cat parents ask the internet is, “How much should I feed my cat?” Just like how every human is different, not all cats require the same diet. Depending on your cat’s metabolism, lifestyle, and activity level, the amount of food they need will differ from other cats. A typical 8-10lb cat should have 30 calories per pound, so be sure to read the label on your cat’s food to make sure they are getting the right amount of food.
That being said, you also want to make sure they are not over-eating. A fat cat is not always a happy cat. Just like with humans, excess fat can cause internal issues. If you have questions about your cat’s weight or the amount of food you should be feeding them, please give your vet a call and do a wellness check-in.
Make sure your cat isn’t bored
Many people get cats because they aren’t as high maintenance as dogs, but cats need attention just like any other pet. If you are busy throughout the day, some great toys can keep your cat’s attention without you having to give it to them 24/7.
Little robotic toys that move by themselves and food dispensing toys are good distractions for your cat. Remember, though; these toys should not serve as a replacement. Give them the love and attention they desire.
Respect your cat’s space
If cats are too crowded, they will become stressed and grumpy, which can cause problematic behaviors and more susceptible to bladder or stomach problems. If you have more than one cat in the home, you must have more than one litter box. For instance, if you have two cats, you should have three litter boxes throughout the house. You also want to make sure that each cat has their own “resting” place so it won’t be bothered by guests, other pets, or just the hustle in the home.
According to Dr. Sarah Wooten, “Respect can take many forms. The golden rule of ‘treat others the way you want to be treated’ is a great place to start when it comes to how you think about cat care. Respect your cat, and the respect will come back to you.”