5 Ways to Respect Your Cat

Did you know that March 28th is Respect Your Cat Day? We know, as far as Fluffy is concerned, every day is Respect Your Cat Day. However, this cute kitty holiday can actually serve as a great reminder that our feline friends have some unique needs . . . as well as some pet peeves. Read on as a local Walnut, CA vet discusses respecting your cat.

Offer Kitty Comforts

One may think that all cats need are a few comfy napping spots, but mental stimulation is just as important for Fluffy as cozy beds. Keep your pet purring and entertained by offering her lots of toys, and playing with her regularly. Your furball will also appreciate kitty furniture, a clean litterbox, and a good window view.

Avoid Negative Reinforcement

Our feline pals definitely aren’t purrfect. In fact, they have a few bad habits, such as scratching improperly, jumping on counters, or knocking things off tables. Fluffy has also been known to play rough. Never punish your frisky pet for doing something wrong. Instead, focus on rewarding her for behaving properly.

Provide Safe Retreats

Cats may have big purrsonalities, but they are in actuality quite small, and are often easily frightened. If you have other pets, or a busy, hectic household, make sure your furball always has a place to go if she feels frightened. A cat tower with an enclosed level is a great option, but a kitty tent or tipi will also work.

Pay Attention To Fluffy. But Not Too Much

Cats may have a reputation for being cold, aloof, and, well, rather bossy, but these little furballs can get very attached to their owners. While not every kitty likes being cuddled, many of them crave attention, and love getting petted. Spend time with Fluffy every day, and pamper her a bit, so she feels loved and safe. If your furry little buddy likes to snuggle, let her curl up on your lap. If not, just admire her from a distance.

Veterinary Care

Although Fluffy would probably rather take yet another nap than come to visit us, she’ll be much healthier—and therefore happier—with regular veterinary care. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Walnut, CA pet hospital, if we can ever be of assistance. We are always here to help!

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