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Keeping the Kitties Content

May 15, 2024

Kitties are without a doubt the perfect little companions. These adorable little creatures are bursting with personality and charm, despite their small size. Fluffy is also a low-maintenance pet. In order to ensure that her basic needs are met, you’ll just need to provide nutritious food, keep her litterbox clean, and make sure she regularly visits her veterinarian. However, activating that special purr requires a bit more effort. This article provides valuable insights from a local Wheat Ridge, CO vet about keeping your feline friend happy.

Offer Fluffy Napping Spots

Cats are known for their remarkable talent of sleeping for up to 20 hours a day. Fluffy really needs a diverse selection of spots to choose from. Store-bought beds are highly recommended, of course. It would be prudent to think about getting at least one or two. You may want to consider using folded blankets to enhance the functionality of footstools, storage trunks, or ottomans.

Of course, your pet might also doze off on top of your shoes or in the middle of the kitchen. That’s just purr for the course! 

A Good View

We always suggest that people keep kitties indoors at all times. It’s a much safer option for them! If your cat goes outside, she may come across various dangers, including cars, bad weather, wild animals, stray cats, toxic substances, and unfortunately, certain people. Allowing cats to wander outside significantly raises their risk of encountering parasites, becoming lost, sustaining injuries, or even experiencing fatal accidents.

That being said, cats find birds and squirrels to be utterly captivating.  Give Fluffy a comfortable window seat that provides a pleasant view. Talk about the best of both worlds!

Visit Our Wheat Ridge, CO Pet Hospital

We understand that Fluffy may not be very excited about leaving her familiar surroundings for those appointments. Regardless, she will look better and feel better if she gets the proper veterinary  care.

We highly recommend that all cats receive basic care, which includes microchipping, spaying or neutering, and regular wellness check-ups, which include exams, vaccines, and parasite control.

Be sure to watch for any signs of illness in your cat between vet appointments. Pay attention to signs such as vomiting, messy fur, isolation, difficulty breathing, changes in appetite, weight fluctuations, fever, diarrhea, and issues with the litterbox. If you happen to encounter anything that appears incorrect, please don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.

Get Some Kitty-Safe Plants

Plants purify the air, create a warm and welcoming ambiance, and provide a tasty snack for kitties. Fluffy thoroughly enjoys peeking out from behind the vibrant foliage, playfully pretending to be a formidable predator!

Make sure to select safe options. The ASPCA website here has a valuable resource for a comprehensive list of plants, including both toxic and non-toxic varieties. (Lilies can be extremely dangerous to cats and should be kept away from them.)

Fluffy would likely enjoy some catnip as well. Having your own garden guarantees a continuous supply of fresh ‘nip.

Chat With Fluffy

One of the most enjoyable ways to strengthen your bond with your cat is to have conversations with her. Even though she may not understand what you’re saying, she always appreciates your efforts to connect with her. 

Your furry companion may even talk back! Chatty felines frequently engage in cute chirps and meows to communicate with their owners. Fluffy may also display behaviors like flicking her tail, blinking slowly at you, or gently nudging you with her head. (Or, she could just give you that cute smug look cats are so skilled at.)

Enjoy Your Time With Fluffy!

Your adorable and affectionate little pet has the bravery and courage of a lion. Cats have an incredible hunting instinct, which motivates them to jump, pounce, and scratch. Implementing these changes would greatly increase their chances of survival in their natural habitat.

Playing goes beyond satisfying your cat’s natural hunting instincts. It promotes the development of strong connections. Playing with your companion using a laser pointer can be a delightful and endearing way to show Fluffy attention, and brighten up her day.

There are also a few other benefits:

  • Cats can form strong bonds by engaging in play together.
  • Play may also help cats who are scared gain confidence. 
  • If your pet happens to have a feisty personality, it can be a wonderful way for her to burn off her zoomies.

It’s important to remember that every pet has their own individual toy preferences. Many cats love pursuing the elusive red dot produced by a laser pointer, but others would opt to ‘hunt’ catnip mice. Experiment with various options to discover what your furry companion finds most enjoyable.

Get Some Cat Furniture for Your Feline Companion

Cats have no problem settling in on our furniture and claiming it as their own cozy resting spots. However, Fluffy will truly enjoy and benefit from having a few belongings of her own.

What is considered the highest standard in this situation? The cat tower, of course! 

For one thing, your cat will love having a great view. Our feline overlords often really like being in high places, as it gives them a superior vantage point compared to being on the ground. They have the ability to observe their kingdoms and subjects (that’s you) with the typical air of superiority that cats are known for.

Furthermore, cat towers offer a convenient spot for your beloved pet to take care of her nails and keep her claws sharp without causing any damage to your furniture.

Fluffy will have additional comfortable resting spots and a thrilling jungle gym to enjoy. If you have a dog, she’ll have a safe space to retreat from your canine pal if she wants. (We will discuss the bond between Fluffy and Fido in another post.)

Are you working within a budget? An old stepladder or shelf system can be repurposed. Wooden planks are perfect for crafting comfortable lounging areas for your beloved cat. Additionally, you can fasten it using sisal rope or carpet.

Small Touches

Little things can make a big difference. If you’re going to be out late, turn a light and radio on for your kitty, so she isn’t left alone in a dark house. If you want to go all-out, offer a catio, catwalk, or kitty enclosure.

We also can’t forget Fluffy’s box obsession! Give your feline pal empty boxes on occasion. 

Make Sure That Fluffy Feels Loved

Ensuring that your feline companion has toys, furniture, and all the other essentials we’ve discussed is crucial. However, what truly matters for her mental well-being is love. Don’t underestimate the power of that unique connection we share with our pets. Love is the key element, and the one that enhances all  and any pet care routines. Keep Fluffy happy and active by making sure that she knows she is loved (and perhaps a bit pampered.)  You can also supply a warm lap to snuggle on. Providing gentle ear scritches or forehead rubs can help keep your furry friend content and their purring engine running smoothly.

Book An Appointment At Our Wheat Ridge, CO Pet Clinic

Do you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care that we can assist you with? Get in touch with us today at our Wheat Ridge, CO pet hospital!