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Most cat owners feel “in the dark” about their cats needs and desires. Here’s 5 things your feline friend wishes they could tell you!

“I’m bored!”

It’s a common misconception that cats are a “set it and forget” type of pet. In actuality, cats need a lot more than full food and water dishes. Mental stimulation is necessary to keep your feline happy, as they’re naturally keen predators. Try making a kitty maze from discarded cardboard boxes, or DIY kitty toys made from common items like toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls.

“Scratching is natural and essential.”

If you didn’t know any better, you might think scratching furniture and carpets is naughty behavior. But did you know that scratching is essential to your kitty’s well-being? Scratching not only conditions your cat’s nails and nail bed, but also helps them stretch their muscles, and mark their territory. If Fluffy is destroying your furniture, get them a scratching post or two to meet their needs. For furniture scratchers, upright posts work great; for carpet scratchers, floor posts or mats do the trick. When purchasing scratchers, try to find one with a material similar to kitty’s favorite forbidden scratching areas.

“I get most of my moisture from my food.”

Domestic cats evolved from desert dwelling ancestors, and are naturally designed to get their water from food. Dry food contains 5-10% moisture, while wet food is as high as 75%. If your pet is showing signs of dehydration or urinary tract problems, try increasing the amount of moisture in their food. This often helps dry skin issues as well.

“I need dental care, too!”

85% of cats have periodontal disease before their 6th birthday! When you start to notice gunk building up on the surface of the teeth, or any redness/swelling near the gums, this is usually an indication that a cleaning is needed. Most veterinarians offer dental cleaning/teeth scaling services at their facility. In addition to regular cleanings, it is important to establish a regular teeth brushing routine at home. Poor oral health can lead to bigger problems, such as kidney issues, down the road.

“I can tell you A LOT with my body.”

Cats communicate a great deal of information without ever voicing a peep! Pay attention to your cat’s ears, eyes, and muscle tension. In addition to body language, your kitty’s meows may be deceiving you as well! Cats often … More

Cuddling with your cat would be more pleasant if it does not have that foul smell of a breath. Saliva, food particles, and bacteria are the best ingredients for feline halitosis so you better think about cat dental care. When the bacteria proliferate in your cat's mouth, it may cause gingivitis and gum inflammation. Worst case scenario would be seeing your cat's teeth fall out. Take time to plan out cat dental care with your vet so you can easily manage it at home.

Your cat needs regular brushing just like humans. Two to three times a week is enough to keep the mouth bacteria at bay. You will need a special toothbrush for cats that may be fitted to your index finger for easier cleaning. Cat toothpaste is also necessary since cats may swallow some of it and human toothpaste causes an upset stomach in pets. The best thing to do is to have your cat accustomed to brushing.

There are different cat toothpaste flavors like fish to help you with this goal. You may start by brushing a couple of front teeth first. Use soft circular motions and let your cat lick the toothpaste to get your pet used to the taste. It may take a bit of time in getting used to brushing but patience has its rewards.

For older cats, you can try dousing the toothbrush in a flavor that it likes best such as brine from a can of tune. Let the cat lick the tooth brush until it associates the toothbrush with treats. Kittens are even easier to train. Start by inspecting their teeth gently once in a while and when they are used to you poking their mouth, they will easily yield to you brushing their teeth. You do not need to brush the back teeth, focus on the incisors and make sure you also pay attention to the gum parts and scrub them gently as well.

Visiting a vet for cat dental care follow up is also a necessary procedure. Twice a year, bringing your cat to a cat clinic to have a general dental check-up for gingivitis, infections and other oral health threats. X-rays of the teeth will also be taken to make sure there are no abscessed or fractured teeth.

Once a year, have your pet's whole mouth cleaned by a professional. The vet will sedate your cat and perform … More