We’re winding down here at Happy Cat Month HQ, as September comes to a close, so does our month-long event. We have however, had an amazing turnout with loads of people celebrating the cat by discussing health, enrichment, and multi-cat households – many thanks to all!
Our last fantastic week is not only super-sized, but dedicated to the all important topic of valuing cats as pets!
We all know that cats can be hi-larious, cute, and just generally awesome, but unfortunately not everyone knows just how amazing sharing your life with a cat can be.
Cats can be amazing companions. In fact, they are America’s #1 companion and are present in more than 36 percent of all US households. However, many people still think having a cat limits their ability to have a true companion. False. Cats can go hiking, kayaking, and camping (with training of course) or can be totally open to taking a cross-country motorcycle ride – a testament to their amazing loyalty and loving personality.
Owning a cat reduces stress and has health benefits. Spending time with a cat can boost your mood and reduce stress. Studies also show that the simple act of petting a cat can be beneficial to one’s health – both for the action itself and from the purrs that result.
In addition to adding value to their human’s lives, cats can also be shown how much they are valued by:
Ensuring your cat is properly identified. In addition to a collar and identification tag, owners should microchip their feline friend. If a cat ever escapes or gets lost, having this type of permanent ID will make a reunion between you and your pet much more likely.
Visiting a veterinarian. Healthy cats are happy cats. While some owners may dread a trip to the veterinarian with their cat, there are many cat-friendly veterinary practices or doctors who specialize in felines and will gladly show owners how pleasant a trip to the veterinarian can be. The American Association of Feline Practitioners has a list of veterinary practices that have earned a “cat friendly” designation. There is likely one near you.
Just remember, though September is coming to a close and Happy Cat Month is ending, it doesn’t mean the end of celebrating the cat (or their happiness). Treat every day like Happy Cat Month – ensure your pet is cared for, enriched, and valued – and in return they will give you a lifetime of amazing companionship.
Later this week we will also be featuring a guest blogger – Patricia Panaia, VP of Sales & Marketing at Vet’s First Choice – who will share her story of the healing power of cats.
Cover Photo by: Wilderdom