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September is Happy Cat Month! We want all of our furry patients to be both happy and healthy. Of course, kitties can be rather complicated on this accord. Fluffy may be purring and cuddly one minute, only to scratch you the next. What does it take to please our feline overlords? A local Leesburg, VA vet offers some insight in this article.
Fluffy may have a reputation for being a diva, but to be fair, she actually has pretty simple tastes. Good food, fresh water, clean litter, and proper veterinary care will cover the basics. To get that motor going, you’ll also need to provide toys, enrichment, and stimulation. For extra purrs, offer things like toys, boxes, catnip, and window seats. Last but not least, pay lots of attention to your furry friend, and make sure she feels loved and safe.
Most people associate happy cats with purring, and they aren’t exactly wrong. Fluffy does tend to start her engine when she’s feeling comfy and content. You may notice your kitty starts purring when you pet her, or when she snuggles up with you. However, cats also purr when they are sick or scared, likely as a way to soothe themselves.
If your feline pal is content, she’s more likely to be playful, frisky, and perhaps a bit bratty at times. Another good sign is if your pet feels safe enough to sprawl out on a floor or in another exposed spot. Happy cats also sometimes knead their owners, follow them around, or demand attention from them. You can also pick up some clues from your kitty’s body language. If Fluffy is content, she may rub her legs against you, blink at you slowly, or run towards you wiggling her tail straight up.
Did you know that cats also tend to make us happy? It’s hard not to be charmed by Fluffy’s playful antics and amusing quirks. And while Fluffy may consider hunting to be her main career, she’s also got a pretty strong side gig going as a comedian. Spending time with our feline friends can reduce our stress, lower our blood pressure, and generally just put smiles on our faces. Talk about purrfect pets!
Is your kitty due for an exam? Please contact us, your Leesburg, VA pet hospital, for your pet’s care needs. We’re here to help!