As a “fur mom” to (what can seem like) a bushel of indoor cats, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find ways to ensure they are healthy and happy. I’ve learned first hand a bored or stressed out cat can wreck all sorts of havoc in my home. This year I’ve joined with Purina to take the Purina Pet Pledge. My pledge is to keep my cats healthy and stress free. Over the years I’ve learned these five tips to keep your indoor cat healthy and happy.
1. Keep them mentally stimulated. Indoor pets need mental stimulation to prevent boredom, which can lead to behavior problems. Providing toys, food puzzles or a video can help keep their mind sharp. My cats like to watch a nature documentary with lions. They could watch the lions move for hours!
2. Prevent Stress. Cats, like people, need time for themselves and to feel safe. You can help by providing a quiet spot where they can retreat and not be bothered. Have a high perch where they can sleep without being bothered. (One of my cats loves the top of the fridge!) For more tips, check out Five Tips for Preventing Separation Anxiety and Four Tips to Help Your Pet Deal With Stress.
3. Provide Flea Medication. Just because pets are indoors, doesn’t mean they won’t get fleas. Fleas can still be present in your yard and can be tracked in on clothing or shoes. Important tip: Make sure your flea medication is working. Pets will sometimes become immune after using medication over a long period of time. When our long haired cat became sick we found she had fleas that were immune to the medication, causing her to lose too much blood. She never scratched so we had no idea the fleas were present. We’ve learned to check her coat for fleas with regular brushing.
4. Provide balanced Nutrition. Cat obesity is on the rise. Our cats would much rather sneak “people food,” but it’s not healthy for them and can cause digestive issues. Find a food that’s balanced for your cat’s needs, we like Purina Beneful, and feed them measured, twice daily feedings and limit treats. For more information, check out these tips to help your pet get the proper nutrition.
Want to take your own Pet Pledge? It can be anything from spending more time with your pet to treating them to a new toy. Once you’ve made your pledge, head over to Purina PureLoveForPets.com and share it. While you’re on the site, play their instant-win game to win a prize box or our grand prize and look for handy information and tips– all geared to help you keep that Pledge:
For Cat Lovers, you can win:
Cat Prize Box– Cat Furminator, Kitty Hammock, toys, other cat-related accessories
Cat Grand Prize – Deluxe Cat Tower
The site and instant-win game launch Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 and run through Wednesday, February 17 so make your pledge today! And, if you like to save money, (who doesn’t?) there will be several great Purina coupons in Sunday newspapers hitting homes on Sunday, Jan. 31, so be sure to check them out too!
Do you have a pet pledge you’d like to share?