One of the most important parts of a family are the family pets. There are many types of pets that families cater to, but dogs and cats are two of the most popular. Dogs are important parts of the family, but cats are just as important. If you own a cat, most likely you will want to take care of your pet as best as possible because you will consider your cat a member of the family, and as a member of the family, a cat must be taken care of properly to remain a fit cat. What are some of the ways to keep your cat fit?
1. Give Your Cat Regular Vet Appointments
Just like with adults and children, regular doctors appointments are necessary to stay healthy. The same should be done with your pets. Therefore, before embarking on a diet and exercise plan for your cat, it’s highly advised that you have your cat checked out with a vet. As with a doctor who focuses on human care, ensure that the vet you choose is properly trained and knowledgeable about how to care for your cat. Your vet will give your cat a physical and can give you any tips on the proper diet and exercise for your it, especially if your cat has any health issues. Once you get the okay from your vet, you can begin a diet and exercise program.
2. Feed Your Cat Plenty of Exercise
Exercise, as it is with humans, benefits animals. Even though your cat will likely move around often on its own, it’s important for you to initiate additional exercises for your cat. The movement will not only burn calories, but it will also improve your cat’s muscle tone, reduced your cat’s appetite, keep your cat in the proper weight and extend your cat’s life.
Cats are not like dogs, however. Trying to walk a cat as a dog could work, but it is more than likely that it would be an exercise in futility. Cats are independent in nature and probably will not take to the idea of being walked. However, there are other ways to encourage fitness. Encourage your cat to exercise at least 20 minutes a day.
Place catnip up in the air and encourage your cat to jump for it. You can buy quality catnip at pet stores, or you can find these items online.
Throw balls, sticks that have feathers on them, etc. to encourage your cat to run after them. Again, it’s important to buy toys of quality so that your cat will not play with a toy that can easily tear apart and possibly cause damage. A pet store or online are good places to find these items.
Put a scratching post out to encourage your cat to jump on it and scratch away. Scratching posts are typically made of a rug type fabric that is enticing for a cat to scratch. The taller the post, the more potential exercise your cat can get.
If you have to spend a lot of time away from home, you can use a smartphone pet gadget. This allows you to see and talk to your kitty from a anywhere. Some have lasers to get them to move. Read this Petcube play review on www.smartpettoysreview.com for a great example.
3. Give Your Cat a Good Diet
Give your cat animal-based protein for his or her diet. Plant-based food is not good for your cat and does not have enough nutrients. Animal-based protein could be chicken or tuna, for example. Make sure that the food is not dry because dry food is high in carbohydrates. Also be sure to make sure that there are no chemicals in your cat’s food. Try to make it as organic as possible. You can find good quality food either at a pet store or online.
Feed your cat no more than twice a day. More than that encourages the risk that your cat will become overweight. Another way to feed your cat is to put the required amount of food in the dish and let your cat graze throughout the day. This option is fine because you will only put a healthy amount of food in the bowl for your cat. Also, be sure to include water next to your cat’s bowl. When the water bowl is down, be sure to fill it up with more water. Water helps to digest your cat’s food and keep your cat’s weight consistent.