Cat celebrating new years.

Your cat is one cool character capable of so much awesomeness. In fact, they are so amazing it’s almost like your efforts to care and provide for them are redundant at best, unnecessary at worst. 

The truth is, however, your cat depends on you to create a healthy environment for them in which to thrive. Proper nutrition, engaging enrichment opportunities, and tons of attention are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cat wellness. As we round the corner to the new year, let’s take a look at some essentials of feline health that have long-lasting benefits.

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

One of the best places to start is by assessing their lifestyle. Are they an indoor-only cat? If so, you’re helping them live a longer, healthier life. However, it’s worth noting that indoor cats may veer toward a more sedentary lifestyle.

To increase their movement and enhance overall cat wellness, we encourage you to consider installing a catio, or cat patio. This provides a cat with the best of both worlds. Window perches, cat canopies, bridges, and hiding spaces all add value to an indoor cat’s environment.

A Cat-Eye on Prevention

Cats that go outdoors are at higher risk of illness or injury (or both). We know it can be very hard to keep kitties inside all the time. If your choice includes free access to the neighborhood, please remember to keep up with their parasite prevention and vaccinations. This is also important for indoor-only cats, who can still be exposed to various parasites and contagious diseases.

Dental Care and Cat Wellness

If brushing your cat’s teeth sounds like a perfect nightmare, you’re not alone. It can take time for both people and cats alike to adapt to this habit, but daily or weekly brushing has a tremendous impact on overall cat wellness.

Periodontal (gum) disease is a real threat to cats, but with preventive care in place you can help them stay healthy. Additionally, scheduling routine cleanings under general anesthesia can help your cat keep their pearly whites nice and shiny. Plus, that tuna breath falls to the wayside.

Kitty Crunchies or Canned Goods?

Depending on your cat’s age, weight, and lifestyle, the new year might be the purr-fect time to address their nutritional needs. As obligate carnivores, cats need the vitamins and minerals found in meat. Whether they prefer kibble, canned, wet food, or a combination of both, let’s take a closer look at what they need versus what they’re getting.

Suddenly altering your cat’s diet is not a good idea. Once we have a handle on their nutritional needs, we can slowly add new food to their existing diet. Dial back any extra calories by restricting treats. Reward good kitty behavior with extra attention, affection, and exercise.

Cat Wellness in 2022

As we move into the next calendar year, don’t wait to prioritize cat wellness. Uphold their overall health by maintaining appointments, brushing their teeth, and keeping them at a good weight. 
If you have additional questions or concerns about cat wellness in the new year, feel free to call us at (630) 530-1900. We are always here for you at Elmhurst Animal Care Center.