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Respect Your Cat Day

Respect Your Cat Day is March 28th! If kitties could talk, Fluffy would likely insist that this means she should be completely spoiled on her special day, and she wouldn’t exactly be wrong. However, from a pet care standpoint, this is actually a great time to think about your furball’s needs. The proper way to give your adorable feline overlord her due respect is by simply keeping her happy, healthy, and comfortable. A Pickerington, OH vet offers some tips on respecting Fluffy below.

Avoid Punishment

Cats have many wonderful qualities, but they aren’t purrfect. Sooner or later, Fluffy is going to misbehave. When that happens, don’t punish your kitty. You may just scare her, or make her feel anxious! Ask your vet or a professional cat behaviorist for advice on solving behavioral issues.

Clean Litterbox

Fluffy likes her personal powder room nice and neat. Keep your kitty’s litterbox clean by scooping it daily, and changing the litter weekly.

Good Food

Proper nutrition is crucial to your cat’s health. Make sure Fluffy is eating good, nourishing food. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including serving sizes, safe and unsafe foods, and suitable treats.

Veterinary Care

Veterinary appointments may not make Fluffy’s list of favorite things, but your kitty will both look and feel better with regular veterinary care. We recommend that all cats be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on their exams, parasite control products, and vaccinations. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Watch For Signs Of Illness

Cats can be rather secretive when they aren’t feeling well. Keep a close eye out for any signs of illness. Some common ones are poor grooming, hiding, reduced appetite, litterbox issues, and changes in your pet’s vocalizations or behavior. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these warning signs.

Kitty Comforts

Make your home fun and comfortable for Fluffy by offering her all the luxuries a little furball could want. This basically entails giving your cat plenty of beds, toys, and kitty furniture, and perhaps the occasional empty box. You will get extra purrs if you give your furry pal a cat tower, so she can look down on her kingdom. Cuddles and compliments are also important.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health, diet, or care. As your Pickerington, OH animal clinic, we are here to help!

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