Any cat owner learns quick enough that their feline friend spends a lot of time sleeping (almost two-thirds of their life, actually). And while, sure, it sounds like the life of leisure, all that shut-eye can lead to obesity (and in turn, possibly bladder and kidney diseases, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure or more). But don’t worry. Here are four things you can do today to keep your cat(s) healthy and happy. Because let’s face it: We know you’d do anything for Ginger Pawgers, even it means waking her up from a nap.
4 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Cat’s Health
Subscribe To A Monthly Goody Box
Monthly subscriptions boxes full of healthy treats and engaging toys are great for getting cats moving. KitNipBox sends all-natural (and usually grain-free) treats with gear that encourages exercise, like laser pointers and feathery wands that force your cat to run, roll and leap. Another option is VetPet Box. This package offers all the same types of goodies as KitNipBox, plus vet-recommended wellness products for afflictions like anxiety and hygiene.
Upgrade To Color-changing Litter
PrettyLitter is the kitty litter of the future (something we thought we’d never say). Subscribing not only gets you a single four-pound bag of chemical-free, biodegradable litter each month, but this bag actually lasts all month. Plus, the litter changes color if your cat has internal health issues like kidney stones or a urinary tract infection. Color us impressed.
Invest In High-protein Diets
Like their big, bad safari relatives, house cats are carnivores with a thirst for protein. Unfortunately, many pet food brands use artificial ingredients, grain combos, unhealthy dyes and preservatives in their formulas. Investing in high-quality, protein-rich food for your mini lions can prevent health problems, allergies and weight gain. Brands like Addiction Foods and Earthborn Holistic are full of wholesome, easily digestible ingredients like herring and salmon.
Cats need to brush their teeth almost as much as we do, according to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Periodontal disease (aka plaque buildup and gum inflammation) is very common in adult cats (think: 85 percent of the adult cat population). This can lead to bigger infections and more trips to the vet. Brushing your cat’s teeth with a cute lil' rubber toothbrush once a day can prevent disease and be a fun bonding activity with your pet. (Just kidding, they’ll probably hate it. But they'll thank you later. In their own way.)