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As long as I can remember, we’ve had a cat. My childhood cat, Sirus, was a beautiful gray cat that lived outside. He was always around and we loved him so much. Sirus lived a long, happy and healthy life up until I was a young teen. Not long after his death, we found sister kittens, and we named them Fluffy and Zippy.
We rescued the sisters when I was 16 (that was 20 years ago!). Sadly, Zippy recently passed, but her life was filled with adventure, love, and happiness. As lifetime cat owners, we make sure our cats have all the essentials to a happy and healthy life. Trust us, you don’t want to make your cats mad because they may pay you back in ways you would never expect… like meow-ing incessantly until you get up and refill their cat bowl.
In honor of September being Happy, Healthy Cat Month, here are a few tips to help ensure your cat is happy and healthy.
1) Keep your Cat Vaccinated
Our cats have always had the choice to live inside, outside or both. Because of this choice, our cats could easily come in contact with other animals, some of which may be infected with viruses, like rabies. We have always lived in areas where wildlife cohabitates. Rabies is a fatal virus that threatens the lives of animals across the country, including cats. More cats are infected with rabies than any other pet in the U.S., and all it takes to contract this deadly disease is exposure to the virus through the saliva of an infected animal through a bite or scratch1. Keeping our cats vaccinated is always a top priority.
While Fluffy lives with my mom, my little family also adopted another cat 10 years ago, named Reeve. We live in an area heavily populated with wildlife. We see raccoons all of the time. Although our cat doesn’t want to go outside, we still keep him vaccinated. Vaccination is an important tool in helping to protect cats against rabies, and PUREVAX® Feline Rabies vaccines are the only rabies vaccines made specifically for cats. They are safe and proven to provide effective protection.
2) Create Cat-Only Spaces
- Give Your Cat a Secluded Place to Conduct His Business. Cats love their privacy. They like to have a place to do their business that is clean, secluded and away from other pets or curious children. We created a beautiful creative cat center that provides a space for our cats to use the bathroom where they cannot be bothered. A creative cat center also helps prevent the spread of germs and diseases because it’s much harder for a curious toddler or dog to get into the litter box.
- Place Food Out of Reach. I think it’s extremely important that all humans, dogs and cats have a place to eat that goes undisturbed by others. Since cats can jump, I place my cat’s food on a higher surface like the laundry room counter, or on the creative cat center, like at my mom’s house. Giving cats a space to eat without the fear of being bothered helps keep your cat happy.
- Have a Protected Area for Cat Naps. Cats like to have a safe and protected area to sleep, especially if there are other pets in the house. Make sure you have protected places that make it hard for young children or dogs to bother them during their cat naps. Our cat Reeve has taken ownership of our son’s cabin bed. He feels safe and protected there.
3) Give your Cat Attention
- Cats get a reputation for being anti-social. I can relate to the personality of a cat because I like to be alone but I also still love attention. Cats need to be spoken to, brushed and loved on just like dogs and little humans too.
- Giving your cat attention not only means taking care of his physical and emotional needs, but his healthcare needs as well. Make sure you mark on your calendar a yearly vet appointment for your cat and keep vaccinations and check-ups current. Giving cats the proper attention will help keep them happy and healthy!
This post was created in collaboration with the maker of PUREVAX Feline Rabies vaccines. As part of this collaboration I received compensation for my time. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Merial. The opinions are all mine.
1 Birhane MG, Cleaton JM, Monroe BP, et al. Rabies surveillance in the United States during 2015. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2017;250(10):1117-1130.
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