You know the joke, that cats own their owners. There’s a lot of truth in that statement, but there are still some things that we humans have to do for the cats that rule our hearts. We’ll call them “Cat Rules” and you can interpret that as you will.
Rule #1. Feed Me Right. In addition to fresh water, cats need good, high quality food that is tailored for their age, activity level, and physical condition. Treats should make up no more than 10% of your cat’s diet. We can make recommendations to you about foods your cat may enjoy. The operative word is ‘may’, so we’ll work with you to find a food that meets both your cat’s needs – and her finicky wishes.
Rule #2. Groom Groom. Cats generally take care of their own bathing, but you should still brush your cat. This will reduce shedding, and help to cut down the number of furballs. Some long haired cats and older cats who have limited mobility will need occasional grooming in our Pet Spa.
Rule #3. A Place in the Sun. You should provide your cat his own warm, comfortable place to sleep and rest. Please do understand that your cat has the prerogative to sleep anywhere he wants – for as long as he wants. Rules, remember.
Rule #4. The Sandbox. All cats need a litter box, and you should have one on each level of your home. The litter box should be in a quiet location. If you have multiple cats, you may need one litter box per cat. The litter itself should be ammonia and scent free. Scoop out clumps daily, and empty, wash, and refill the litter box weekly.
If your cat chooses not to use the litter box, you need to contact us. It could be that you’ve done something to displease her. It could also mean that there is a serious medical issue. We’ll help you figure out what is wrong.
Rule #5. You Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Your Furniture. A cat’s gotta scratch. Scratching rids your cat of the outer nail sheath, leaving a sharp new nail underneath. Make sure you get your cat a sturdy scratching post at least three feet high.
You may also choose to trim your cat’s nails every three weeks or so. This will make the claws a little more blunt.
Rule #6. Indoors or Out. Your cat may never venture outdoors, but you do, exposing your cat to parasites. Because of this, your cat needs regular protection from thing like fleas, ticks, and heartworms.
Rule #7. Brush and CET. If you start at the kitten stage, your cat may think that brushing teeth is her idea. If not, you’re going to have to slowly introduce the whole concept so that your cat still thinks its her idea. We recommend Oravet toothpaste and toothbrushes for the job. An alternative to brushing is CET (Clean Every Tooth!) chews.
Rule #8. Town N Country Animal Hospital. For spaying and neutering, microchips, vaccinations, dental and physical checkups, call us. At Town N Country, we can help you learn to follow the cat rules to keep your favorite feline healthy, happy, and blissfully unaware that you’re really the owner…or maybe the other way around. Cat rules, remember.