Respect Your Cat Day is Tomorrow

Having respect for your cat is all about responsible pet ownership and making sure that you understand your pet’s inherent traits as well as making every effort to support natural feline needs.

Respecting your kitty’s natural instincts begins with their need to scratch. They do it to shed loose nail coverings, exercise their toes and have a good stretch. So it’s up to pet parents to provide proper scratching surfaces to prevent your cat from focusing her needs on furniture and carpeting.  Large recycled corrugated surfaces emulate tree bark, which cats love.

Declawing is not the answer! This practice, which in fact involves amputation of the first joint on every toe, is very painful and brings on other behavioral problems such as not using the litter box because the litter can hurt a cat’s tender paws as a result of such surgery. Fortunately, this barbaric practice is being banned in many cities and, hopefully, one day it will be a nationwide ban.

Cats are much safer if they have an indoor lifestyle, meaning they are safe from traffic and predators. Respect for your cat’s safety is great but it’s equally important to compensate for such a lifestyle by ensuring your feline has plenty of toys that provide both mental and physical stimulation.

You also owe it to your pet to spay and neuter to prevent unwanted liters. Apart from the problem of adding to pet overpopulation, having too many litters can take its toll on your cat’s health.

Often, cats don’t get to visit the vet’s office because they are not cooperative about traveling there and back. The right carrier will help make such visits less stressful all round. All cats, regardless of age, need an annual wellness checkup especially because felines are particularly good at masking illnesses. So, it’s up to responsible pet owners to monitor their pet’s health on an ongoing basis. A wellness checkup is a preventative step and a way of catching any possible life-threatening issues such as diabetes and kidney failure before they become full-blown problems.

It’s important to understand that your cat’s needs change with age and you should adapt to her lifestyle accordingly. Just like people, cats slow down and suffer from age-related aches and pains. Simple changes like diet, help with daily grooming and even providing pet steps so that your kitty can continue to access her favorite snooze zones independently can make a huge difference in her quality of life.

Feline companionship is a life-long commitment and understanding her basic needs goes a long way in enhancing your bond with your favorite feline. And, just like every human relationship, the more effort you put in, the more rewards result.

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