Is your feline pal beginning to look a bit pudgy? Cats are very active when they are little, but as they get older, they tend to become more interested in catching Z’s than in catching mice. This makes it pretty easy for Fluffy to pack on pounds. This can be very bad for her health! Read on as a Pasadena, MD vet offers tips on keeping your kitty at or near her ideal weight.
Many of our furry patients have their humans more or less wrapped around their paws. Get specific feeding recommendations—including serving sizes—from your vet, and stick to those. You won’t be as vulnerable to Fluffy’s plaintive meows if you know she’s eating exactly what she is supposed to. This also goes for treats. A snack here and there is fine, but don’t overindulge your cute pet. Pamper your kitty with toys and snuggles instead of extra food.
Speaking of toys, they are actually crucial to Fluffy’s well-being, both physically and mentally. Even a few minutes of pouncing on that catnip mouse will benefit your feline friend. Offer your furball a variety of playthings. Remember to change your cat’s toys out frequently, so she doesn’t get bored with them.
Toys are great, but to make playtime more fun and challenging for Fluffy, take time to play with her every day. Hold a laser pointer, so your kitty can try to catch that elusive red dot, or hold a wand toy for her to bat at. This will not only get your furball up and moving, it will also help her feel safe, loved, and perhaps a bit pampered.
Get Fluffy some furniture that encourages her to jump and climb. Cat towers and kitty activity centers are great for this! You can also give your feline buddy some vertical space, such as a catwalk or kitty shelves.
While not all cats enjoy being walked, some actually love it. If you think your kitty would appreciate having a safe way to explore the Great Outdoors, give it a shot! Start by letting Fluffy wear her harness indoors, under supervision, to get her used to it. Then, take her outside, and see if she likes it.
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