National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day - A Healthy Cat is a Happy Cat

Cat vet day

Happy Take Your Cat to the Vet day, everyone! Today is a day to celebrate our feline friends and to remind the cat parents how important it is to keep them happy and healthy by taking them to the vet for regular checkups!

Keeping your cat healthy ensures they'll be happy and live a long life.

Proper Diet

A healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do for your cat. Just like people, cats need a balanced diet to stay healthy.

cat eating

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they need nutrients that come from only animal products. Cats evolved as hunters who ate prey with high levels of protein, moderate levels of fat, and a minimal amount of carbohydrates. Today, cats still need these things in their diet. They also require more than a dozen other nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids which are included in the cat food you buy from the store.

Most cats don't need extra supplements, so before you give them anything additional or different, make sure to talk to your veterinarian first.

Exercise

Cats may not seem like they need to exercise, but they must stay active. Exercise helps keep their muscles and bones healthy and can help prevent obesity. Below are a few ideas to keep your cat healthy.

  • Make sure they have lots of toys to play with. Some cats may even play fetch with you!
  • Cats love cat towers. Not only are they something to climb on and a scratching post, but most cat towers have a place for your cat to rest.
    cat tower
  • Laser pointers are always a blast! Cats love chasing the laser on the floor, up the walls, and on the furniture (if you allow them to be on it). Some cats will chase a laser for 10-15 minutes before giving up. You'll want to make sure you follow up with a real cat toy after playing with the laser to make sure your cat doesn't get frustrated.
    Playing with laser
  • Take them outside with you! But you'll always want to ensure they have on a harness and leash. We all know that saying, "curiosity killed the cat," right? They are curious animals, and we'd hate for them to escape out of the yard without you!

Grooming

cat grooming

Grooming is essential for keeping your cat looking good. It also helps remove dead skin cells, stimulates blood circulation, and keeps their coat clean and healthy. Grooming also allows you to check for any changes in their skin or fur that could be signs of a health problem.

Environment

Keeping your cat's environment clean and safe is vital for their health and well-being. Make sure they have a clean litter box and fresh water at all times. Remove anything from their environment that could be harmful to them, such as poisonous plants or chemicals.

Yearly Vet Visits

Cat at Vet

You can do many things to keep your cat healthy, including taking them to the vet for regular checkups. Although most cats dislike this day, it is essential to take them to the vet.  83% of cats are taken to the vet the first year after they're adopted, yet over half never return for subsequent wellness visits. These statistics are worrisome because cats age more rapidly than humans and are masters at masking illness. Just like a dog, they need to get their yearly shots and be checked out by the vet to ensure your cat is staying healthy.

A happy cat is a healthy cat. A proper diet, good exercise, grooming, and a safe environment are all crucial for keeping your cat healthy. Luckily, you can provide all these things for your beloved feline friend by following the tips we've shared in this blog post. Just be sure to schedule regular vet checkups so your cat can get the care it needs to stay happy and healthy for years to come!