National Cat Day
Celebrate all things cat and spoil your fur baby a little more on National Cat Day. We cannot say enough about our love of cats and all the wonderful things they bring to our lives: unconditional love and companionship in the form of fur, purrs, cuddles and the occasional bit of mischief. Buy them a new toy; give them something extra delicious to eat; or just set aside extra time to spend with them. In other words, love your cat as the human servant you are! That love can be the most powerful tool you have to keep her happy, and recent studies show the bond which develops is no different from human children to their parents. Domesticated cats crave human attention and crave receiving it from their pet parents.
Often the most effective way of keeping your indoor cat happy is to just lavish attention. Snuggle pet, and play with your cat every day. This not only strengthens the bond between you two, it also helps you watch out for any changes in behavior which could indicate something is off. Plus, keeping your favorite feline on her toes helps prevent boredom and weight issues from lack of activity, and it goes a long way towards reducing emotional stressors. If you do notice something amiss, hemp supplements like Canna Companion, may help get your kitty back on track.
TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR INDOOR CAT HAPPY AND HEALTHY.
- An active cat is a happy cat. It is easy for an indoor cat to go stir crazy if they cannot get out internal energy. There are toys that look like mice, toys with feathers, battery-powered toys with flashing light and sound, laser pointers, toys that move and the simple toys on strings. Watch what your kitty pounces on most, and get toys which mimic that behavior. Rotate the toys to keep her even more entertained.
- Help your cat model some of their natural hunting instinct by hiding their favorite treats around the house. Use special cat treat toys which make your cat work to extract the reward thus offering hours of mental stimulation. Play toss the treat using dehydrated meats and watch your cat skitter down the hallway in hot pursuit.
- Consider getting a second cat as a companion. Having a buddy to run and play with can go a long way in keeping indoor cats happy and stimulated. This tip is usually best limited to younger cats who need another set of teeth and claws to play with, or for those extreme extroverts that could tire a toddler.
- Spay and Neuter. Always spay and neuter your cats as hormones can be drive them to try to escape outside to try and find a mate. By spaying and neutering, this added stress is eliminated while at the same time eliminating any chance that it could contribute to the unwanted cat population. Removing those hormones also drastically reduces some forms of cancer; breast (mammary gland) cancer is one whose risk drops dramatically in spayed and neutered cats.