Friday, September 9, 2016

Happy Healthy Cat Month

September is Happy Healthy Cat Month.  We are usually pretty healthy kitties and Mom Paula does all she can to keep us happy and healthy.  Many of you know that Brulee had to be rushed to the vet Wednesday morning with a high fever and difficulty breathing.  She's doing better and we hope she'll be back to her happy and healthy self by the end of the weekend.
Happy Healthy Cat Month
Truffle and Brulee

Disclosure - We received helpful hints from Wellness® Natural Pet Food.  There are no active links in this post and this isn't a sponsored post for the products.

Happy Healthy Cat Month Tips

Here are some Happy, Healthy Cat Month Tips by Dr. Danielle Bernal, a veterinarian with Wellness® Natural Pet Food.
Baby Truffle Playing
Truffle(2011) playing with Mom Paula

Instinctively, felines are natural hunters. Help your cat or kitten stay on top of their skills with plenty of play time together. Not only does this keep your cat active to support a healthy weight, it also keeps stress levels down and encourages bonding for a happy, purring kitty. Just be sure that you keep any laser pointers away from your cat’s eyes!
Truffle and the water bottle
Truffle knows water is important

Cats don’t always like to drink water. While they may not have the same thirst drive as dogs, that doesn’t make hydration any less important. Wet meal toppers, like Wellness® TruFood® Complements, are a great way to mix up your cat’s meals with flavor and texture, and get some extra moisture in their diet. Made with vibrant whole foods and five natural ingredients or fewer, they’re a simple way to enhance cats’ existing diets and ensure they’re getting all the nutrients they need. Add them to your furry friend’s dry food, or feed separately as an exciting snack during the day! (Special note:  we haven't tried this yet, but we love Wellness products.)
Brulee on scales
Brulee on scales

Due to their sedentary lifestyles, indoor cats are especially prone to weight gain, which can lead to a wide variety of health issues. That’s why it’s essential that your cat’s diet features a well-rounded mix of proteins, fats and nutrients to support a healthy weight. Balanced recipes made with quality proteins and produce, like Wellness® Complete Health™ Indoor Health, are made specifically for felines that lounge more than they lunge to keep them feeling (and looking!) their best.
Truffle and Brulee with scratching post
Truffle and Brulee know the importance of  using a scratching post

Cats experience boredom, too, and they can express it in ways you may not be so fond of, such as chasing other pets or shredding household items like curtains and furniture. Excite your feline friend by bringing a taste of the wild indoors, with perches by a sunny window or potted plants that are cat friendly. A few to avoid are tulips, lilies and English ivy–these are all toxic for pets!
Truffle getting combed
Truffle gets groomed by Mom Paula

Hairballs are unpleasant for cats and pet parents alike, but they can be managed with some extra grooming time and a proper diet.  Hairballs happen when stray hairs get stuck in the digestive tract as a result of self-grooming, and cats spend nearly 20% of their waking hours grooming. However, a few minutes of daily brushing can help catch those loose hairs before your cat does. Also look for recipes made with special blends of natural fiber, like Wellness® Natural Hairball Control, to help prevent hairballs from forming and keep kitty comfortable.
Truffle eating treats
Truffle loves treats

Many pet parents love to treat their dogs with healthful snacks, but cats like treats too, and treating helps reinforce the bond between pet and pet parent. Look for recipes that are low in calories so you can treat them without feeling guilty. New Wellness® Kittles™ recipes have under two calories per morsel so you can treat kitty multiple times per day. They’re also available in six flavorsome varieties, like Turkey & Cranberries and Duck & Cranberries, to accommodate every cat’s palate.  

Graphic courtesy Wellness® Natural Pet Food

What things do you do to keep your cats healthy and happy?

37 comments:

Lone Star Cats said...

Glad Brulee is doing better!

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

Those are some good tips! I'm glad Brulee is feeling better!

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are so happy to see that Brulee is doing well.

Valérie Desmet said...

I just can't get over how beautiful your cats are!! Feel better soon Brulee!

The Menagerie Mom said...

Such wonderful tips! We're also so glad to hear that Brulee is doing better. It's like the pretty lady just wanted to put Happy Healthy Cat Month into perspective with this scare she gave her mom. Well, we're certainly continuing our purrs and prayers that she can be celebrating it like her old self very soon. Purrs!

Basil Widdairs said...

Fabulous post, thanks fur sharing all those pawesome tips!

Gorgeous photo's and we're delighted to see that Brulee is feeling better :D

Purrs

Basil & CO xox

Three Chatty Cats said...

I'm glad Brulee is doing better. And these are great tips to keeping our cats happy and healthy!

Mr Puddy said...

So happy for Miss Brulee =^x^=
Purrs

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We are glad that Brulee is doing better!

Brian said...

That was a great post and we sure are glad Brulee is doing better!

The Florida Furkids said...

We're really happy that Brulee is feeling better! Great post!

The Florida Furkids

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

It's relief to hear Brulee is on the mend. We posted about happy, health month but focused on emergencies and our #1 tip.

Robbi Hess said...

I love the photos that go with your posts to illustrate the points. I have four cats so I have a lot of work to do to keep them all happy and healthy!

Nichole Burke said...

Happy Healthy Cat Month! Hope you get in lot of playtime. So happy to hear Brulee is on the mend! <3

The Swiss Cats said...

Yay ! We're so glad to read that Brulee is feeling better ! Great post and great tips ! Purrs

Tenacious Little Terrier said...

Glad Brulee is doing better. Our foster dog used to get hairballs but I don't think they make special dog food for that!

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

We're very glad to hear that Brulee is feeling better!

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

These are great tips. Lexy gets hairballs, but she's been better lately. We're so glad Brulee is better.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Great post, cute photos. Glad Brulee is doing better.

The Island Cats said...

Great tips. We eat good foods and try to get lots of play time. That keeps us happy and healthy. We're glad Brulee is doing better.

Pawesome Cats said...

These are great tips for happy healthy cats - we have the exact same scratcher too. Happy to hear that Brulee is doing so much better.

Ruth Epstein said...

Happy to hear Brulee is feeling better, and Happy Healthy Cat Month to you too

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

You are doing Healthy Cat Month well!

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

I'm glad Brulee is feeling better. And these are great tips!

Princely Paws said...

Glad to see Brulee back to shape. loved this informative post so many cat owners dont realisesomething is wrong with their pet due to long hours of work until it is quite late

The Daily Pip said...

These are great tips! Both of our kitties are pretty active and at healthy weights. Glad Brulee is doing better!

The DIY Dog Mom said...

Looks like you do some great things to keep your kitties happy and healthy!

M Dawson said...

This post is a delight and packed with educational information for cat lovers worldwide! Long haired cats I know need more brushing but combined with a conscius effort to have a happy health cat care regime - we can't go wrong. Thnk you Paula, Truffle and Brûlée!

Raising Your Pets Naturally said...

Such a good kitty for brushing. We try to be active and eat a healthy diet with healthy treats. Lots of play and snuggle time. :)

FidoseofReality said...

I am so glad you showcased a variety of ways to keep a cat healthy. I know there are folks who don't brush their cat and need to. Great post!

Spencer the Goldendoodle said...

Wonderful post and great info-graphic! :)

Robin Mudge said...

I love that photo of Truffle playing from 2011! Super cute! I do a lot of things just to make my cats happy. I give them a lot of attention and play with them often. A happy kitty is a wonderful thing! :)
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

WherePetsAreFound said...

Thanks for these great tips. I can't get Isa or Betty to take a treat from my fingers, tho I do hold the greenie bones for Isa!! Love the photos you've used too.

FiveSibesMom said...

Great tips! Pinned on my "Mews News" Board. Truffle and Brulee are so beautiful!

Cathy Armato said...

I'm do glad to hear that Brulee is doing much better, what a relief! Thanks for sharing these tips!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

Cathy Armato said...

I'm do glad to hear that Brulee is doing much better, what a relief! Thanks for sharing these tips!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

These are great tips! Also very glad to hear Brulee is feeling better! xx