February is National Cat Health Month and we at Hearts at Home Pet Sitting are thrilled to bring attention to the health and wellbeing of our feline friends!
It’s recommended that cats see their veterinarians at least once per year but with multi-year vaccinations and busy schedules, cats often don’t get the healthcare they need until they are in potential danger.
Cats are Resilient
Because cats are prey and predator, they hide their illnesses extremely well. You know the phrase, “fake it ‘til you make it?” Cats invented it. It’s an integral part of their survival.
Cats are Delicate
It’s hard to imagine when we see them racing across the house, leaping onto shelves, and wrestling with their housemates, but cats are delicate creatures. Because of their size, domestic cats can go from seemingly healthy to critically ill quite quickly. Ask any cat parent that has dealt with a urinary blockage and you’ll see what we mean. A cat can seem perfectly healthy one day and be in kidney failure the next, which is why it’s so important for cats to receive routine veterinary care.
Cats Deserve Care
Cats deserve specialized care, quality products, and species-appropriate engagement.
In addition to a loving family, cats also deserve a care team that includes a veterinarian, a pet sitter, and, if their pet parent isn’t comfortable grooming at home, a groomer.
Cats are Gaining Ground
Thanks to the internet and the late, great Grumpy Cat, cats have gained notoriety in recent years.
Ten years ago, you might have had a hard time finding a cat-specific behavior consultant to help troubleshoot your cat’s missteps but, today, you’ll find cat experts all over the internet. Veterinary practices, trainers, and pet services specializing in cats are becoming more commonplace, especially in larger cities. And, cat adoption rates are rising with their newfound popularity and growing acceptance as wonderful companion animals.
Cat Care Tips
To ensure your cat is living its best life, it’s important to visit your vet regularly, observe your cat's behavior, engage with your cat multiple times daily, and feed your cat the best quality cat food and supplements you can afford. Make a note of any sudden changes in behavior, appetite, gait, etc., and contact your veterinarian with concerns. Consider learning about feline engagement, nutrition, and more.
At Hearts at Home Pet Sitting, we encourage you to make an effort to enrich your cat’s daily life as part of National Cat Health Month and every month. Your cat will thank you.
Caring for Cats at Home
The next time life takes you away from your beloved cat or cats, count on Hearts at Home’s highly qualified team of pet care specialists to care for them. While in our care, your cat will feel loved, comfortable, and safe. We have a heart for animals and, we assure you, your cat will fit right in.