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608 West Champaign Rantoul, IL 61866
(217) 893-0313

Acre Hill #9

Hi everyone! This month the kids are returning to school and the weather becomes

cooler. But we must not forget about our fur babies, they are our children too. They

need our special attention as well.

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.

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

near you.

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.

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