Did you know that February is officially National Cat Health Month? If you were to tell your feline friend about this, she’d probably just blink, yawn, and start licking her paw. Fluffy isn’t particularly interested in fitness, nutrition, or wellness care. Actually, some of your furry friend’s habits can be quite detrimental to her health! Here, a North Phoenix, AZ vet lists Fluffy’s most unhealthy habits.
If we can say one thing for certain about cats, it’s that they are extremely drowsy. Your kitty could spend up to 20 hours a day napping! While snoozing kitties are super cute, Fluffy won’t burn as many calories catching Z’s as she would catching mice. Keep your furry couch potato active by offering her lots of fun toys and playing with her regularly.
Bad Traffic Navigation
Does your kitty sometimes run out in front of you? When Fluffy does this, she’s probably just trying to get your attention. However, she could easily end up getting accidentally kicked or stepped on, or even having something dropped on her!
Choosing Unsafe Playthings
Cats are hunters in the wild. Fluffy will instinctively want to practice her pouncing and jumping skills, and will spend lots of time attacking both her toys and random household objects. This can be a bit dangerous, as kitties don’t always choose safe playthings. Do some kittyproofing, and remove anything that could be dangerous. It’s also important to give Fluffy lots of suitable toys.
Our feline friends really love many fun outdoor activities, like leaving paw prints on our cars, digging up our flowerbeds, and rolling around in the driveway. Unfortunately, kitties often get into dangerous places and situations when they are allowed to roam freely. Keeping Fluffy indoors will keep her safe from cars, predators, and weather.
Poor Eating Habits
While some cats will turn their cute little noses up at many foods and treats, others will eat, well, just about anything. Actually, some of our feline pals would be more than happy to gorge themselves on pizza, donuts, and junk food! Kitties also sometimes eat toxic plants or materials, not realizing that they are poisonous. Offer your feline buddy high-quality pet food and suitable snacks. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Do you have questions about your kitty’s health, diet, or care? Contact us, your local North Phoenix, AZ animal hospital, anytime!