5 Ways to Show Your Cat You’re Thankful!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want everyone to show your gratitude for the felines in your life! While cats might be a bit subtle in their expressions of thanks, we know its there, don’t we? A bird-like chirp now and again, the question-mark shape their tail takes when they are delighted to see us, and everyone’s favorite: the sweet, slow eye-blinks of love. But just because they are subtle doesn’t mean we have to be! Here are some ways to show them you’re thankful for the joy they bring to your life.
1) Grooming session:
A good brushing can do a lot for a kitty; it prevents matting, especially in long haired cats, removes lose fur that can cause hairballs (which are no fun for you either!), it can be a great bonding experience with their human, it makes them look healthier and more beautiful, and offers guardians a chance to examine for abnormal skin conditions, growths, and other health concerns.
So take some time (even if your cat doesn’t absolutely love it) to brush them thoroughly. Offer treats while you’re doing it, especially if they are not big fans of being groomed. Feeling bold? Add nail trimming to the session, too.
2) Extra playtime
It’s easy to forget about play sessions with our cats, especially after long days at work, household chores, etc. But offering your cat regular outlets to expend energy will make both of you more relaxed at the end of the night. So put in the extra effort; put down the cell phone or turn off the TV and dedicate some time (or extra time, if this is already part of your routine) to play- no, really play- with your cat. Get them riled up, panting if possible, using whatever toy they like best; lasers, feather toys, mice, balls… For a most fulfilling experience, follow playtime with dinner or their favorite treat (For more playtime tips, check out my post ‘The Importance of Playtime‘)
Okay, so no cat wants to go to the vet, but it’s in their best interest. Domestic felines, like their wild cousins, are experts at hiding symptoms of illness (it’s an instinctual behavior that helps them avoid looking like easy prey to predators), so its important to take your cat for checkups and routine blood work, especially as they get older. Even if your cat is indoor-only (as they should be) and you choose not to get them vaccinated annually, check ups are key to making sure your cat isn’t suffering in silence.
Now and then its fine to give your cat something special to eat, especially as we ourselves indulge on Thanksgiving. Just make sure it is in moderation and kitty-safe! Here’s a great recipe from The Ultimate Cat Treat Cookbook.
Just like humans, cats benefit from having company of the same species. This is especially true if your cat is young, high energy or rambunctious, spends long hours alone, or recently lost a companion animal. Having another cat to roughhouse and play with typically decreases negative or destructive behaviors. Or, if you have a newly adopted young’n who tends to bother your older cat, getting another kitten will give your elder feline some peace. No matter what your situation is, chances are your kitty could benefit from having another. Not sure? Come in and talk to us about it- we’re experts on cat introductions and match-making. See our current adoptable list here.
Of course, if you really want to show your cat gratitude, your best bet is to open all the cans of cat food and bow down at their feet 😉