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Resolutions for a Healthier Cat

As we begin 2017, many of us are making a list of New Year’s resolutions for this year. However, the list doesn’t have to be just about you. How about throwing in some goals for your feline family?

We got some ideas to help you start thinking about what you can do to help the cats in your life, from revamping your cat’s environment with enrichment toys to scheduling an overdue veterinary exam.

Exercise more
A fitness goal is common for many of us and it is important to remember that our feline friends need exercise too. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimate that 58% of cats are overweight. A good way to get your cat moving can be accomplished with a fun feather toy or a laser pointer! Set aside time each day for some active play with your cat.

Spend more time with friends and family
If you have a cat who hides when friends and family come over to visit, it isn’t fun for anyone, especially your cat. Help your feline feel more comfortable and confident by providing more positive interactions with friendly humans.

Learn a trick
It is popular belief that cats cannot be trained, but we know that isn’t true. With some dedication perhaps you can teach your cat to come when called, high-five or sit. Our friends at the Humane Society offer some tips to help you start training your cat.

Enrich your cat’s environment
Adding a scratching post, food puzzle, cat tree or a catio are some easy ways to enrich your cat’s environment. Each of these items helps promote natural feline behaviors like climbing, hunting and scratching; they are great ways to improve your cat’s physical and mental well-being.

Eat Better
After all the holiday treats, now is a great time to evaluate your cat’s nutrition and eating habits. Talk with your veterinarian to verify that you are feeding an appropriate amount of food for your cat’s weight and activity level.

Go to the Doctor
Many cats don’t see the veterinarian as often as they should, so make a resolution to visit the doctor. Our doctors recommend annual wellness exams for cats up to 10 years of age and twice a year for cats 10 and older. Call or e-mail to schedule your cat’s next physical exam. Trust us, having the opportunity to potentially catch health conditions before they progress is well worth the time.

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