As a committed cat parent, you are always striving to be better for your fur baby. So why not come up with New Year’s resolutions that benefit your kitty?
Okay, so you’ve got your New Year’s resolutions all figured out. But have you thought about how you could become a better cat parent this year?
If not, now’s the time. Here are some good New Year’s resolutions for cat parents.
Switch to a Healthier Diet
Does your cat’s diet consist of cheap food? Then you might want to make a few changes.
Because the quality of your fur ball’s food impacts your pet’s overall well-being.
If you are ready to improve your kitty’s diet, follow these tips:
- Switch from dry kibble to wet food.
- Look for grain-free products.
- Avoid foods that have a long list of bad ingredients, like preservatives, fillers, by-products, etc.
- If all else fails, consider a homemade diet. Be sure to talk with a pet nutritionist for guidance.
Clean the Litterbox More Frequently
Cats hate getting inside a dirty litterbox. That’s why it’s important to keep the box clean. Otherwise, your puss might develop litterbox problems.
Here’s what you should strive for:
- Scoop the litterbox at least once per day.
- Clean out the litterbox once each week. That involves dumping out the old litter, washing the box, and putting new litter inside.
Train Your Cat to Get in the Carrier
When it’s time to go to the vet, the hardest part is getting your cat inside the carrier. But if you train your kitty to calmly enter the carrier, the entire experience becomes so much easier.
Here’s how to do that:
- Leave the carrier out where your cat can see it.
- After a few days, place a treat inside the carrier. This will tempt your feline to enter it.
- After your cat has gone into the carrier a few times, try closing the door while your cat is inside. Leave it closed for just a couple seconds. Then open the door and feed your cat a treat.
- Each time you repeat that last step, keep the door closed for slightly longer.
- Important Tip: Open the gate while your cat is still calm. Otherwise, your puss will learn that making a fuss causes you to open the carrier door.
This isn’t a one-day process and the exact number of days it takes depends on the cat. But if you stick with it, your furry friend will eventually understand that the carrier is a good place to be.
Keep Your Kitty Entertained
Although you might think your cat would be happy sleeping all day, our feline friends do need some stimulation. But what can you do to keep your fur baby busy?
Here are some ideas:
- Get a cat tree.
- Put out toys for your cat to play with. Puzzle toys are a great choice!
- Get a cat scratcher.
- Set up a cattery that allows your pet to safely enjoy the outdoors. You can build it yourself or buy one online.
There’s no need to feel overwhelmed by the new year goals listed above. Instead, just tackle one at a time.
Before you know it, you will have achieved all of these New Year’s Resolutions for cat owners. And your beloved feline will appreciate your efforts!