STAY CURIOUS ABOUT YOUR CAT’S HEALTH
Cats are masters at hiding their pain, and while they may act like they can take care of themselves, even the most independent cats need regular veterinary care. And at Royal Canin, we’re here to be your go-to guide when it comes to cat health, including finding a vet.
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For cats, hunting is an important part of their daily activity, and is not always associated with the need for food. When cats play, in their heads, they are hunting!
Keep your cat mentally stimulated by encouraging regular playtime and using a variety of enrichment toys. Need some ideas? Check out this article here:
Time for a checkup
Regular veterinary visits are important to maintain your cat’s health. Checkups can help identify health risks before they become serious issues, and even indoor cats require vaccinations and parasite prevention. But more than 40% of cats in Canada do not see the vet annually.
Being prepared for your kitten or cat’s first visit to the vet is the first step! Check out this article for some tips!
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Almost two-thirds of cats are overweight or obese. Obesity is common – but it doesn't have to be.
If your cat is overweight or obese, speak to your veterinarian about a weight-loss plan. To keep your cat at their ideal weight, check out these tips here:
Learn Your Cat's Language
Many people assume that cats communicate via meowing, purring, or hissing.
1. Ear Position
Cats have very sensitive hearing to be able to hunt small rodents. But their ears are also used for communication. Cats can swivel their ears and point them in the direction of things they are interested in or relax them in a slightly backwards direction if they are calm. Pulling their ears downwards, straight to the side, or flat back against their heads all suggest fear, aggression or defensiveness.
Did you know that cats aren’t just sharpening their claws when they scratch? They are also releasing pheromones into the environment. These chemical signals help cats communicate territory and mark safe areas. Providing your cat with opportunities for scratching is important not only for the health of their claws, but also to help them feel safe and confident in their home.
Cats don’t just meow. They make a variety of different sounds, and each can mean different things. Purring has long been a sign of a relaxed and contented cat. However, in certain situations, cats can also purr when they are anxious or nervous. Cats hiss, spit, growl or shriek when they are fearful, in pain or showing aggression. Of course, cats also meow! Meowing is generally done in greeting, as an invitation to interact.
4. Tails Talk
A tail held out and behind suggests a cat is relaxed and friendly. A tail held up with a slight curl can indicate an outgoing and alert cat. However, when a tail is held downward, either with a fast flick or between the legs, the cat is agitated or fearful.
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PLEDGE TO TAKE YOUR CAT TO THE VETBy taking the Royal Canin pledge to Stay Curious, you are committing to taking the first step in learning more about your cat and their health.
I PLEDGE TO...
Learn the signs of health changes in my cat and take them to the vet. I will also follow the veterinary team’s advice and continue to do yearly checkups, so my cat gets the professional help they need regularly.