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Cats are pretty independent, but whether they want to admit it or not, they need their humans to get the most out of their nine lives. Not to fear, though, New Haven Pet Hospital has all the best information when it comes to providing the best cat care around. 

Cat Care Basics

Cats don’t need a lot to survive, but they do need a few basics to thrive. When welcoming a kitty into your home, making sure that your are providing the basic cat care requirements can get you started off on the right paw. 

Be sure to provide your pet with:

  • Good nutrition—A well-balanced diet is important for cats to thrive. The feline species has some unique nutritional needs, so it is important to feed a diet developed by nutrition experts with these needs in mind. Indoor cats in particular are also prone to being overweight, so minding body condition is also important. 
  • Security—Any cat should have a clean, safe environment. It is helpful to have a secure space that they can retreat to when they are feeling overwhelmed or scared. 
  • Preventive care—Routine wellness vet visits and appropriate vaccinations, screening testing, parasite prevention, and dental care are important. Spaying or neutering also helps to keep cats healthy for longer. 
  • Mental and physical stimulation—Taking a fierce hunter and confining it to our homes can be a big culture shock. Make sure that your cat gets exercise daily and has access to toys, visual stimuli, and interaction that keeps their brain sharp. 

Purr-fect Practices

Truly comprehensive cat care goes above the basics, though. Follow our team’s top tips for kitty care practices that go above and beyond. 

Our favorite tips include:

  • Provide a litter box per every cat in the home (plus one additional)
  • Be sure that you have appropriate scratching surfaces available
  • Use feline -riendly pheromones to decrease cat anxiety
  • Bring the outdoors in with a bird feeder outside your cat’s favorite window or a cat-friendly plant
  • Engage in interactive play with laser pointers, puzzle toys, and lure-type toys
  • Help your cat groom themselves
  • Provide options for vertical space in your home 
  • Engage your cat’s brain by teaching them a few tricks
  • Stay on top of your cat’s dental care
  • Invest in a water fountain to keep your pet’s water fresh and encourage drinking
  • Get your cat used to normal examination procedures like checking the ears and mouth 
  • Be sure that your cat is familiar with riding in a carrier in the car
  • Keep things positive with positive reinforcement training

You can also strengthen your relationship with your cat and earn their respect by maintaining a predictable and kind rapport with them. Avoid sudden movements or noises so that they learn to trust you. Affection also goes a long way to when getting your kitty to love you as much as you adore them. 

Respect your cat’s body language as well. Pinned ears, a flicking tail, and puffed up fur means that your pet needs some space. 

Taking good care of your cat can really make a difference when it comes to enjoying one another fully. Don’t forget to reach out to us if you have questions. After all, who else is a better resource for your cat care needs?