Cats like us humans undergo a series of health issues such as obesity, vision and hearing problems, dementia, kidney and liver disease or even cancer.
So the question arises. How should one take care of their pet cat?
1. Regular Health Check-ups
As a cat parent, it is necessary to take a biannual health checkup program and follow it diligently to find out if your feline pet is undergoing any serious illness. Also, do note that cats are capable of hiding any kind of pain they may be suffering. Therefore it becomes all the more necessary for a cat parent to look for any unusual signs such as constant meowing, impatience, and peculiar vocalizations. At times pet cats may even excrete outside the litter box.
2. Keep the Cat Indoors
It is said that indoor cats live longer than outdoor cats. According to Pet Health Network, the average lifespan of a cat staying outdoor is 3 to 5 years while that of an indoor cat is 13 to 17 years. But how does keeping a cat indoors help? There is less scope for indoor cats to fall prey to horrible cat fights, transmit infections such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), rabies, and feline leukemia virus (FeLV).
3. Exercise and Proper Nutrition
Physical activity is a must for an aging cat. Wand toys, catnips, ball, strings, threads, or boxes can be used to tease and play with your cat. Changing your cat’s environment is another way to ensure that your cat stays mobile. The easiest way to do this is to place cat food at a height so that your cat can jump to get the few bites of its delicious cat food.
4. Stress Reduction Techniques
Perching at a height and a scratching area help your feline pet de-stress! A perching area near the window will permit your cat to gaze and inspect the outdoors which cats generally are inclined to do. Clean and a litter box of an appropriate size is essential to keep stress levels in your pet cat low.
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