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September is Happy Cat Month, a month dedicated to finding ways to keep our feline
friends happy, healthy and purring all year long! Don’t worry dog lovers we will have
newsletters next month devoted to our tail wagging, barking pals. Please also check out our
website to see September's Pet of the Month Rick!
1. Visit a veterinarian. Healthy cats are happy cats. While some owners may dread a
trip to the veterinarian with their cat, there are many cat-friendly veterinary practices or
doctors who specialize in felines and will gladly show owners how pleasant a trip to the
veterinarian can be. The American Association of Feline Practitioners has a list of
veterinary practices that have earned a “cat friendly” designation. There is likely one
2. Get your cat acclimated to the carrier. Many cat owners find that the most difficult
part about taking their cat anywhere is getting it into the carrier. Our Cats and
Carriers video is a great resource for tips on how to get cats to love their carriers.
3. Provide preventive medications. No one likes fleas, ticks, mites or heartworms,
especially your cat. Even if your cat is kept strictly indoors, they are still susceptible.
Talk with your veterinarian about the best preventive plan for your cat. A parasite-free
cat is a happy cat—and preventive care will keep your family healthier, too.
4. Ensure your cat is properly identified. In addition to a collar and identification tag,
owners should microchip their feline friend. If a cat ever escapes or gets lost, having this
type of permanent ID will make a reunion between you and your pet much more likely.
5. Provide enrichment. One of the easiest ways to make a cat happy is with a new toy
or a new way to explore their environment. Every cat has a preference as to what they
like best, and experimenting will be fun for both you and your cat.
6. Train and educate. Cats are smart and can be trained to do tasks — the mental and
physical stimulation is great for them. Teaching your cat to sit, for example, is easy, and
training your cat to sit on chairs instead of counters will make you both much happier.
An added bonus is that training will strengthen the bond between you and your feline
7. Find fun ways to work for food. Feline obesity is an ever increasing issue and one
way to combat it is to make cats work for their food. Owners can purchase food toys
that release kibble in small amounts or hide a cat’s food in different places so that they
have to find it. Working for food is great physical and mental exercise.
8. Explore the outdoors (appropriately). Yes! There are ways owners can safely take
their cats outside and allow them to broaden their horizons. Cats can be walked on a
leash with a harness or confined in a special outdoor area — always under supervision,
of course — so they can periodically and safely experience the world outside their
9. Ensure there are scratching areas in your space. Cats should have places they
are allowed to stretch and care for their claws. Scratching is an important aspect of
feline behavior. Providing a long and sturdy scratching post in a vertical, horizontal or
angled position is a good way to keep your cat happy … and your sofa, too!
10. Think about getting another cat. Cats are social animals, so you might want to
consider visiting the shelter and adopting another cat. They love to play, and a playmate
will make them happy—provided they are properly introduced and have the right places
to eat, hide, play and go the bathroom.