Your Cat’s Health – Part 2 – Tips for a happy healthy life for our feline friends:

  • Drinking Fountain:
    There are several different water fountains for cats that simulate drinking from a stream or water faucet.  The model we prefer is the Drinkwell Pet Fountain.  It can be easily taken apart and cleaned, has charcoal filters that can be replaced as needed and you can purchase an optional reservoir which is great for multi-cat households or cats that require lots of fresh water.  We also like the stainless steel fountains as they are not porous, even easier to clean and dishwasher safe!

  • Feline Furniture:
    Cat Condos will give your cat a place of their own, increase vertical space in your home and create “safe zones” from dogs, children or other cats.  Scratching posts and horizontal cardboard scratching pads give your cat an appropriate surface to scratch. Cardboard scratchers are available at most pet retail outlets.

  • Foraging Toys:
    These are toys that must be manipulated for your cat to obtain a food reward. Unfortunately, there are not nearly as many styles of foraging toys commercially available for cats as there are for their canine counterparts. You can make your own foraging toys by using small plastic household containers and cutting out holes that are slightly larger than the size of the food/treats that you will put inside.  Another homemade variation would be a shoebox with holes cut out about the size of a ping pong ball and then fill with treats and a few ping pong balls as an “obstacle”.  Be sure to tape the lid on.

  • Hunting:
    In addition to foraging, satisfy your cat’s prey drive, by hiding treats or food around the house, in places your cat frequents such as: on top of their scratching post, cat condos, window seats or anywhere you know they will seek it out or stumble upon it.

  • Interactive Toys:
    These are toys that allow you and you cat to play together and often provide great exercise for your cat.  The Feline Flyer is a feather toy that mimics a bird and the Dragonfly is a toy on a wire creating erratic movement.  A good old fashion piece of string works great too-just make sure to always put it away when playtime is over.  If ingested, string or ribbon can cause an intestinal obstruction which is very dangerous. There are a myriad of interactive toys available, find the one that peeks your cat’s prey drive! Play with your cat daily!

    (Content provided by: Fundamentally Feline, Ingrid Johnson, CCBC.)