Home and Family

Keeping Your Cat Healthy

Your cat is an important member of your family with the ability to bring you joy for many years. You can return the favor by doing what you can to ensure your feline friend has the best possible quality of life. Along with providing the basics, such as food, water, and a litter box, you can take a few more steps to maximize your care routine. Here are some ways to support your cat’s health throughout his or her lifetime.

1. Choose the Right Supplements

Many cats have finicky digestive systems, which can lead to elimination issues and other stomach problems. Choosing a high-quality brand of food recommended by your vet can help, but you may want to introduce some supplements as well. Adding cat probiotics to your feeding routine can help improve your pet’s gut health and immune system. With regular use, probiotics can help reduce food intolerance, indigestion, and other gastrointestinal issues.

2. Help With Grooming

Most cats are naturally good about grooming themselves, but sometimes you may want to step in and help. Cats with long hair may get frequent hairballs from self-grooming, which you can reduce with regular brushing. You may want to consider clipping or shaving extremely long fur. If your cat tolerates water, you can give occasional baths.

3. Promote Activity

Cats spend plenty of time sleeping and relaxing, but they are natural hunters who need to expend energy to remain healthy. Most kittens enjoy playing with anything they can find, but adult cats may need some encouragement. You can help your cat maintain an active lifestyle by investing in interesting toys. Climbing trees with rooms or hiding places can be a good choice for cats who enjoy their space. Most cats enjoy chasing balls, catnip-filled toy mice, and laser pointers. 

You can improve your cat’s health and quality of life with a few simple steps. Incorporate a probiotic to support a healthy gut, brush or bathe your cat to assist with grooming, and provide interesting toys to promote active play.