Do You Have a Happy Cat?

Beverly Hills MI happy cat

Cat lovers everywhere strive relentlessly to find ways to please their fluffy friends. From cardboard boxes to feather teasers, catios to window perches, walking on a harness to playing laser tag, modern cats enjoy the finer things in life. But what truly makes a cat feel good is a day-to-day sense of wellbeing. In other words, a healthy cat is a happy cat!

The Whole Picture

A cat’s physical health is directly connected to their longevity, but other facets, like their emotional and mental health, add to their vitality, too. The whole picture of a cat’s life must be taken into account when evaluating their relative health and happiness.

A Strong Foundation

Young cats that have all of their needs provided for have a greater shot at long term health. To achieve more adoptions, most shelters will spay/neuter, vaccinate, microchip and initialize parasite prevention. From there, new owners can establish and maintain age-appropriate nutrition, exercise requirements, and the basics of home dental care. Addressing behavioral concerns is of prime importance.

A Cat’s Palace

It can be argued that indoor-only cats live longer, safer lives, but cats allowed to go outside have additional exercise opportunities and mental stimulation. Depending on your individual fluff-meister, your neighborhood and lifestyle, it’s possible that limited access to the outdoors can be beneficial. 

The point is to zero-in on what your cat is interested in. 

  • Build a catio, or cat-patio to give them the best of both worlds
  • Supply an always rotating supply of interesting, engaging toys
  • Provide a couple different climbing options, like a cat tree, wall platforms, hammocks, and hiding spots up high
  • Play with them every day for 15-30 minutes
  • Adopt a litter mate to provide comfort and stimulation (if you decide to add a buddy later, do so slowly and with the highest regard for your resident cat’s territory)
  • Train them to do tricks
  • Go on adventures together

Paying Attention

A sure-fire way to determine if you have a happy cat is to look at their coat. If they feel good, they look good and chances are, they’re pretty happy about their circumstances. An unhealthy, injured, or sick cat will stop grooming themselves. 

We recommend tending to their coat, claws, and ears regularly. Not only does this make them feel good, but the chance for closeness assures your mutual affection. A strong bond with their preferred human helps to make a cat truly happy.

A Happy Cat For Life

As cats age they have a higher risk for certain illnesses. Arthritis, kidney disease, periodontal disease and diabetes are just a few common problems that senior cats face. We recommend increasing your cat’s wellness exams from once to twice a year after the age of 7 in order to stay on top of any developing issues to maximize treatment and outcome.

Our staff hopes that you and your happy cat are able to stay together for as long as possible. Please let us know if we can assist you with any questions related to feline health, wellness and behavior.