The Purrfect New Year’s Resolutions for Your Cat
Happy New Year! The best part of embarking on a new year is creating resolutions to help make this year even better than the last. When writing your resolutions, remember to consider your cats and how you can improve their lives. Since pets bring such joy to our lives, what better way to show our love for them than by ensuring they lead long and happy lives? This coming year, let's focus on resolutions that will make a big difference in their health and well-being.
Feed a More Nutritious Diet
Just like humans, cats benefit from a balanced and nutritious diet. Ensure you’re feeding your pet high-quality cat food that prioritizes real ingredients and contains essential nutrients. A diet high in protein supports your cat's overall health, ensuring they maintain a lean body mass, a sleek coat, and strong muscles. As obligate carnivores, cats’ bodies need more protein and less carbohydrates. Try feeding less kibble and treats and more quality, protein-heavy meals.
Try Air-Dried Cat Food
Air-dried cat food provides your cat with a nutritionally dense and flavorful meal. The air-drying process removes moisture from ingredients while retaining essential nutrients and natural flavors. The result is delicious, convenient, and shelf-stable food. Because the air-drying process minimizes the need for artificial preservatives, it’s a healthier and more appetizing alternative to traditional kibble that caters to your cat's well-being and palate.
Offer Supplements if Needed
In addition to feeding your cat a nutrient-dense diet, consider incorporating supplements into your cat's health regime. Just as humans take vitamins for optimal health, cats can benefit from taking appropriate supplements. For example, supplements that contain omega 3 fatty acids and Biotin support a healthy skin and coat while calming supplements that include chamomile and valerian root can reduce stress and tension. Always consult with your veterinarian to determine what supplements can help address your cat’s specific needs.
Proper hydration is crucial for your cat's health and well-being. Many cats don’t like drinking water, so it’s important to incorporate wet cat food into their diet. Wet food has a higher moisture content than kibble so it helps to keep your cat hydrated and supports their kidney function too. Try using a pet fountain as some cats prefer running water - they’re also a good source of enrichment.
Everyone deserves a little treat now and again, but those can add up fast. When offering your cat a reward, make sure it’s a healthy, quality treat! You can also retrain a food-motivated cat by offering other rewards like playtime or cuddles. Remember to be mindful of portion sizes to help your cat maintain a healthy weight. If your cat gets extra treats one day, on holidays for instance, they can have a slightly smaller meal or fewer treats the following day to compensate for it. Your veterinarian can tell you the appropriate amount of food for your cat based on their age, weight, overall health, and activity level.
By feeding your cat a balanced diet, you're investing in their long-term health and well-being.
Wishing you and your feline friends a very happy new year filled with peace, love and happiness. Here’s to a great 2024.