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Food and Play Keep Cats Healthy And Happy

Oct 01, 2016 11:10AM ● By Madison Todd

What we feed our cats is incredibly important. To ensure they getting an ample amount of water each day, consider switching to a wet food diet or partial wet food diet. When selecting Kitty's pâté, keep in mind that cats are carnivores; which means they need a lot of meat incorporated into their diets for protein and fat. Any changes to a cat's diet should be gradual to ensure that Kitty does not experience gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea or vomiting; be sure that they are getting plenty of fresh water and exercise to maintain balance.

Cats are predators by nature. Satisfy their need to hunt by providing interactive toys that work with those instincts. Peek-n-play toys, feather-tipped wands and toy mice are guaranteed to keep them engaged and entertained. Scratching posts and perches with multiple platforms for jumping and climbing are also great options, especially in multi-cat households. Cats thrive on mental and physical stimulation, so playtime is a great way for them to bond and build stronger relationships with pet parents; serve up something special for dinner tonight and drive Kitty wild with a new toy afterward.

If a cat has any allergies, medical conditions or dietary restrictions, always consult with a veterinarian before making any changes to their diet.

Madison Todd is the marketing communications manager and executive assistant of Rau Animal Hospital, Rau Too Animal Hospital and Chestnut Hill Cat Clinic. For more information, call 215-884-0453 or email [email protected].

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