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Happy Healthy Cat Month 2019

It’s Happy Healthy Cat Month! Happy Health Cat Month was started by the CATalyst Council, a non-profit dedicated to helping families with their felines health and mental well being. 


Running errands? Stop at the pet store and splurge on the cat a little by getting them a couple new toys that will provide mental stimulation and some exercise. Cats are social creatures, so spend a few minutes a day playing with them. This is not only fun for you, but the cat too, and strengths the bond between pet and pet parent. If you have some extra time on your hands, there are plenty of examples on Pinterest or other websites that show how you can make your cat their toys. Some easy examples include homemade yarn balls, sock toys and even cardboard palaces, if you want to go all out for your pet. 


Catnip is a treat that pet parents love to give their cats. Catnip is a member of the herb family, but the chemical found in the plant that affects cats is called nepetalactone, which is found in the leaves and stems. A cat reacts differently though, depending on how they are given the catnip. If they eat it, it acts more like a sedative, but if they smell it, that’s when they start to act hyperactive, rolling around or flipping over. Still, only about 50% of cats react to catnip, so if given in some form as a treat, they may not react. 


A happy cat is a healthy cat. Make the time to find a trusted veterinarian to take a cat to yearly check ups. Yearly wellness appointments can help catch medical problems early. Is the vet worried that your cat has too much of a paunch? There are now food toys that release kibble in small amounts as the cat play with it. Another option is to hide a cat’s food in different places so that they have to find it. There are also automatic feeders that measure out their food instead of having the cat graze all day. You can even start to broaden their horizons by taking them outside! Although not as popular as taking a dog for a walk, a cat can be walked on a leash with a harness or confined in a special outdoor area—always under supervision, of course, so that they can safely experience the world outside their window without the danger of getting lost.


Playmates can also make cats happy. As long as a new cat, along with the one already in the home has the proper places to eat, hide, play and go to the bathroom, and a responsible decision has been made to add another cat to the family, pay a visit to your local animal shelter or rescue organization to find another feline friend. For a cat who’s waiting at a shelter for their new loving home, this is the happiest thing of all. 


No matter how you celebrate this month, cats everywhere will be sure to appreciate their pampering!