New Year....same old resolutions?
I’m tired of setting myself up for inevitable failure! This year, instead of setting myself the same old resolutions, doomed to be forgotten by the second or third week of January, I thought I’d set some good intentions for the feline members of my household.
1)Playing with my humans more. Setting aside time to play with toys or using treat balls eg. Food mazes, kong© wobblers to feed dry kibble will hopefully increase mental stimulation and activity levels in my older boy, who is becoming more and more inactive. My young cat is an extremely effective hunter and I hope the same measures will satisfy these instincts and hopefully spare a few mice!
2)Both my cats hate travelling in their carrier. Angus meows pitifully and continuously and Douglas vomits, even on very short journeys. I am going to make a concerted effort to help them learn to love the cat box! Although neither of them has to travel regularly, I feel such a traitor whenever I do need to bring them to the clinic. I can sympathise with those of you who put off routine visits to the vet or cringe when the annual check reminder comes through, at the thought of the stress of getting your cat in their box and to the clinic.I will be leaving the carrier in different spots around the house, where I know they like to relax. Lining the carrier with their favourite blankets, spritzed with some feliway and the addition of some treats will hopefully be too good to resist. Once they’re convinced that the carrier is not so bad after all, I will take them on short journeys, ending with a cuddle and a treat. Gradually building up to longer trips, I hope that they will become seasoned travellers.
See our travelling tips for more information on bringing your cat to the vet.
3)Watch what you eat. Dietary requirements change throughout a cat’s life and are affected by illness or environment. I tend to feed my cats some wet food in the morning and evening, and dry food for grazing, in their food maze/wobbler toy. Both cats are fed appropriate food and calories for their age and activity levels, so that they maintain a good body condition and their coats and digestive systems are in tip top shape. I suggest an annual review of a cat’s nutrition and if you would like to discuss your cat, just phone or pop in for a chat with either Georgina or me.
4)As always, prevention is better than cure. Early intervention is only possible if cat’s are screened for diseases and monitored for their progression. Vaccination is an incredible method of preventing disease as are worming and flea treatments, appropriate for your cat’s lifestyle. Oral care is hugely overlooked; descaling and polishing teeth under anaesthesia, followed by homecare is vital to prevent pain and tooth loss. If dentistry was recommended the last time your cat was examined, you should book him or her in for their procedure sooner rather than later, as dental disease will only worsen with time.
For my cats, marking worm/flea treatments on the calendar, help me remember to apply them and I have just placed a new bottle of oral cleansing gel in the living room to allow me to use this more often.
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Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2013