As Valentine’s Day has been and gone, you might have treated your cat to something extra delicious on that very special day. But, why should we limit the love and affection to that special someone only once a year?
Fur-babies deserve to be treated all year around, right?! As busy paw-rents, it can be hard to find the time to give your feline special care and attention. But fear not, Reveal Pet Food has created five simple ways to share the love 365 days a year. Our aim is to promote health and well being, not just for your cat, but for you too!
1. Communicate with your cat
Cats can communicate with humans in several different ways. As it is impossible to communicate directly through language, there are many signs to look out for to see if your cat is trying to tell you anything.
Look out for the following body language:
- Tail position
- Body posture
- Pupil size
- How their whiskers are positioned
- Vocal communication including murmuring, meowing and any aggressive noises
Did you know a cat's favorite form of communication is cat blinking? Ever wondered why your cat blinks slowly at you? Well, this non-verbal form of communication shows that your feline friend completely trusts and loves you. Guess what, if you blink slowly back to them, this is a great way to show your cat affection.
These slow blinks are also known fondly as ‘cat-kisses’ and are a fantastic way to communicate with your kitty. Cat kisses will intensify the love and bond between the two of you, improving not just your cat’s well-being, but yours too!
Whether you’re struggling with feelings of loneliness or have had a bad day at the office, spending time communicating with your cat through the art of cat kisses will leave you feeling fabulous!
2. Provide delicious food with all the right ingredients
Choosing a delicious food with high-quality ingredients is extremely important for your cat’s overall health and well-being. As cats are obligate carnivores who need to consume a specific, meat-rich diet, providing your feline friend with a food containing over a dozen essential nutrients provides so many benefits.
Top tip: Make sure your cat food is enriched with taurine - a vital amino acid
Taurine is an incredibly important chemical that helps protect a cat’s eyes, digestive system and heart. Therefore, finding a cat food product that is enriched with high volumes of protein and taurine is vital.
If your cat doesn’t consume enough taurine, it can result in a taurine deficiency, which can cause the following:
- Hearing loss
- Impaired immune function
- Small litter sizes and fetal abnormalities
Blindness and deafness can really affect your cat’s wellbeing, whilst cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure and ultimately death. All of which can easily be avoided by ensuring your cat’s diet contains plenty of taurine.
By regularly feeding your cat a balanced diet containing real meat, you can be certain that your cat is consuming optimum taurine levels. This will result in happy and healthy cats who can enjoy all the benefits that come with a taurine-rich diet.
Top tip: If your cat is senior - pay special attention to their health and wellbeing
When it comes to senior cats, what should you be looking for when it comes to finding cat food? In the past, the recommendation was to avoid a high protein diet, but today’s research suggests that senior cats require more protein than ever before. Protein is a vital component of any cat’s diet. It promotes excellent organ and immune functions and maintains muscle mass, which are important in helping prolong a cat's life.
Senior cats should also consume cat food that is low in phosphorus and sodium, but high in omega 6 fatty acids and taurine. Thanks to being less active, senior cats require fewer calories and less fat, this will limit the chances of developing obesity.
Reveal’s limited ingredient cat food
Reveal Cat Food creates 100% natural, limited ingredient cat food and is a great choice when it comes to feeding your cat. Within every pouch or pot, you can see every ingredient. As a great cat food, they do not bulk out their pots and cans with grains, cereals and other fillers (with a well-known reputation of causing allergic reactions).
Reveal also offers healthy single ingredient treats that are completely free from any additives or preservatives, meaning you can treat your cat any time - guilt free. All their products contain only the most necessary ingredients, including taurine and high levels of protein. So, you can rest safe in the knowledge that your cat is only getting the good stuff.
3. Treat your feline friend to a new toy
A super-fun way to share the love with your cat is by buying them a brand-new toy that you can both play with and enjoy together. From scratch posts to wooden puzzles, toys are great for testing your cat’s intelligence. The online marketplace is brimming with unique and interesting toys to keep your cat amused and feeling loved.
When your cat plays with toys, this provides an outlet for their predatory instincts, gets your cats exercise levels up, and relieves their boredom too.
Other benefits include:
- Toys help keep your cat’s weight in check
- Toys stimulate the mind
- Improves circulation, contributing to increased health benefits
- Releases any aggression
- Hones your cat’s hunting skills
- Helps you share the love and bond with your cat
Some of the best toys for cats with a proven track record of developing their health and well being include:
- Wand toys
- Ball toys
- Food dispensing toys
4. Share the love with cuddles and snuggles
Cuddling and snuggling is something both cats and humans learned to do from a young age. As kittens and babies yearn to feel safe and warm, snuggling with your cat will enhance the bond between both parent and cat. Snuggling with your cat will not just improve their health and well-being but, it’s also a great way to ease stress levels, reduce anxiety and generally improve your own mental health.
According to the Purrington Post, cat cuddles can:
- Boost immune strength
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce risk of heart attack and stroke
5. Regular health checkups and at home treatments
Taking your cat to the vet at least once a year, plus doing treatments at home to look after their health is imperative to good cat health and well-being. We're All About Cats recommends using de-worming products three times a year, as well as using a flea treatment once a month. These regular treatments, although not a very glamorous way to share the love, are essential to keeping your cat happy and healthy.
Scratch posts are also a great tool to have in the home. They help keep your cat’s claws healthy and help to remove dead layers of skin. Finally, brushing your cat can get rid of excess hair, which decreases the chances of them developing fur balls.