Focus on Your Feline During National Cat Health Month
February is National Cat Health Month, it’s also known as a month to celebrate love. One way to show your love is to schedule a visit to the vet for an annual check-up. The vet will check for periodontal disease, obesity and more. Be sure to write down any questions or concerns you have before you go.
Did you know . . .
- Cats purr at a frequency of vibration that aids bone and tissue growth and repair.
- Cats also produce a “silent” meow which is thought to be a request for attention or a show of genuine affection from cat to owner. It is pitched too high for the human ear to hear.
- Most cats eyes glow silvery green when light is shone into them at night, but Siamese cats eyes glow red.
- Cats eyes function in about 1/6th the light needed for human vision but cannot function in complete darkness.
- Cats memory can last up to 16 hours in contrast to a dog’s memory that lasts about 5 minutes.
- A cat can jump from a standing start to over 5 times its body height.
- One female cat averages 6 kitten per year, 75% of which die before reproductive age.
- One female cat and her offspring will produce 100 cats in 7 years.
- 38% of US households own a cat.
Ways to keep your kitty content:
- Rotate toys every few weeks to keep your cat’s interest and banish boredom.
- Cats are huggable when they are asleep, but they do need 16 hours of sleep each day.
- Put the litter box in a quiet area of your home, give them privacy.
- Do Not Declaw – it only solves a symptom. Buy a scratching post or kitty condo.
- Cats know when they are being sung to and often meow, so serenade your sweetie.
- Cats don’t like harsh noises, but they love the sound of soft whispers.
- Buy fresh catnip to stuff it into an old sock.
- Clean their potty often, cats hate dirty litter boxes.
- Play TV shows or videos for cats or tune into a nature channel.
- Get toys that involve both you and your pet.
- Lavish your cat with attention.