Today is International Cat Day! Today’s focus is all about fantastic furry felines! If you own a cat, we know you can relate to how life can change for the better when you bring a feline friend home. Cats, and pets, in general, help cure loneliness. When you own a pet, it also gives you a great sense of responsibility, making you feel needed. Of course, we will share some ways that you can honor International Cat Day, but we will talk about general cat care as well.
General Cat Care: What to Know
Your cat should see one of our veterinarians at least once a year for an examination and be kept up to date on vaccines. Our veterinarians will recommend what vaccines your feline should receive based on their age and health. Commonly, we recommend that your cat has a rabies vaccination and panleukopenia (for feline distemper). Based on your cat’s risk to feline leukemia virus (FeLV), we may require that they get that vaccination in addition.
As far as a litter box, all indoor cats need a litterbox. It would be best if you placed the litter box in a quiet, easily accessible location. If your home has many floors, you may want to put one on each floor. We also stress the importance of keeping litterboxes as hygienic as possible. You’ll want to scoop solid wastes out of it at least once a day. Otherwise, your feline friend may not be inclined to use it. At least once a week, you’ll also want to clean and refill the litterbox. Use a mild detergent, ensuring that you don’t use ammonia or scents. For those of you with multiple cats, we recommend you have enough litterboxes for each cat plus one additional.
When it comes to your cat’s diet, you should purchase high-quality food for your cat. Our veterinarians, of course, can guide you based on your cat’s specific needs. Age and activity level are the two main factors that impact what your cat should be eating. Taurine is excellent for heart and eye health. Fresh and clean water is always a necessity as it is for people. Purina, in particular, has various healthy eating options for kittens and older cats alike.
How to Honor International Cat Day
- Adopt a feline friend from BARCS
- Bake tuna cookies for your cat
- Buy your cat an exciting new toy
- Have a fun photo shoot day with your cat and share the pics on social media with the hashtag #InternationalCatDay. Don’t forget to tag us as well!
- Spend time with your feline friend, maybe watch a cat-related movie such as The Aristocats with your children and cat(s)
For more information on how to protect your pets and keep your cat in the best health, never think twice about reaching out to us!
Here at Mount Carmel Animal Hospital, We’ll Treat Your Pets Like Family!
Mount Carmel Animal Hospital has been serving the Northern Baltimore/Southern York community for over 30 years and is proud to be an independently operated, small animal practice committed to excellence in veterinary medicine and client service. From grooming to wellness services, along with Canine Life Skills Training Courses, and surgical procedures, we have the expertise that will best serve the needs of you and your pet. Contact us at 410-343-0200 and follow us on Facebook!