5 Things Every Cat Owner Should Have

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on September 12, 2017

We pet parents want the best for our cats, and we always try to be prepared. From nutritious food, to safe toys, to daily play sessions and beyond, it’s important to us to make sure that our felines are as happy and healthy as can be. But have you ever wondered whether something was missing in your home or in your kitty’s routine that may improve their well-being?

We spoke with Dr. Michel Selmer, DVM, CTCVMP, to find out the top 5 essentials he thinks every cat parent should have. Also known as “The Caring Vet,” he offers traditional, holistic, integrative medical, surgical, and wellness care to his patients. He’s also the author of The Best of Both Worlds: An Advanced Guide to Integrative Veterinary Care for Happier, Healthier Pupsavailable on Amazon (digital copies are $2.99 and it’s free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers).

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Want to make sure you have all your bases covered when it comes to your cat? Check out Dr. Selmer’s list of the top 5 things he believes every cat owner should have:

1. A good preventive and proactive health care routine

Dr. S: Cats — still genetically wild animals — are different [than other pets]. They’re still hard-wired to hide their problems, illnesses and injuries. This can make it tough for cat owners to figure out when their beloved feline is in need of a trip to the veterinarian, making their “regular health check ups” [especially] important.

2. Mental and physical stimulation for your cat

Dr. S: Cats need to be stimulated, so games and toys are important to keep cats from getting bored. A simple fidget toy can entertain your cat. A window bed is the perfect “TV” for your furry friend. A long piece of wire with some cardboard bits attached to the ends can keep your entertained for hours. Even simple, inexpensive toys can be great.

3. Items for your kitty to scratch and “hunt”

Dr. S: Help protect your furniture with a scratching post and make sure it is durable. It will help to keep your cat from destroying the furniture.

HEXBUG Nano Robotic Cat toys are great, they simulate the movement of a mouse or bug. Just be careful not to leave your cat alone with these, as they can be a choking hazard. Plastic practice golf balls are great to slowly roll across the floor, your cat will chase and bat them around having all sorts of fun.

4. A private/clean place for them to potty

Dr. S: Cats are private and like to keep their place clean. Your cat needs a place to do his/her business… A covered litter box with scooper is a must.

5. Comfy “safe spaces” for them to lounge

Dr. S: Cats love to climb, hide and squeeze into small places. Your cat will love a soft cat condo which will provide a safe place for them to feel comfortable.

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Do you provide all these things for your cat(s)?

We want to say a special “thanks” to Dr. Selmer for sharing his knowledge with us! Make sure to follow The Caring Vet on Facebook.

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