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Cat Care 101: Fluffy’s Basic Needs

May 15, 2022
Cats are awesome and they’re also popular pets. One reason for that is because they are very easy to keep. In fact, out of all of the animals we’ve domesticated, Fluffy is likely the most independent. That doesn’t mean your kitty is entirely self-sufficient, though. A local vet talks about some of the things your furry pal requires in this article.

Food

The foundation of any good pet care routine is good nutrition, hands down. While buying Fluffy’s food isn’t rocket science, there are things to remember. You’ll need to decide whether to feed wet food, kibble, or both. It’s also important to pick a good food that’s appropriate for your kitty’s lifestyle, age, and health. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Water

Hydration is a crucial part of your feline pal’s survival, but it’s also important for her overall health. Since many cats prefer to drink running water, you might want to get Fluffy a fountain. If you have more than one kitty, and/or let your furry buddy go out, be sure to put out extra water bowls.

Beds

Our feline friends are all unique individuals, but they have one thing in common: they love naps. Fluffy may spend as much as 20 hours a day snoozing! Offer your sleepy pet lots of comfortable napping spots and beds. (That includes lap space.)

Toys/Enrichment

Fluffy can’t spend all of her time sleeping. She will also need enrichment and stimulation. Be sure to offer her a wide assortment of playthings. Cats all have their own individual tastes, so pay attention to what your feline buddy prefers.

Veterinary Care

Our feline overlords tend to be fairly sturdy, but they still need great health care to thrive. Fluffy will need regular exams, as well as parasite control and vaccines. We also recommend getting her microchipped and spayed/neutered.

Grooming

Most cats are really good about keeping themselves clean. However, longhaired kitties need some help from time to time. Fluffy will also need more assistance with her beauty regime as she gets older.

Kitty Must-Haves

A clean litterbox is at the top of this list! Fluffy will also appreciate catnip, scratching posts, kitty furniture, and, of course, the occasional empty box.

Love

Love is the key ingredient here. Pay attention to Fluffy and spend time with her. Talk to her, pet her, and offer her lap space. Purrs are truly precious! Do you have concerns or questions about your cat’s care? Contact us, your animal clinic!
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