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5 Tips to Help Your Kitten Live a Long and Healthy Life
5 Tips to Help Your Kitten Live a Long and Healthy Life

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5 Tips to Help Your Kitten Live a Long and Healthy Life

How can you help your kitten live a long and healthy life? Although you can’t predict the health of your cat with certainty, you can increase the probability of both her general health and a long life through proper care that begins as soon as you bring her home. Your veterinarian can advise further on these five key considerations for taking care of your kitten.

 

How to Care for Your Kitten

 

1. Feed a high-quality Diet

Feed your kitten high-quality food designed to meet nutritional needs during specific stages of her life. Your kitten’s nutritional requirements will depend on her life stage and lifestyle. No matter the life stage, cats are carnivores and require nutrients from animal protein and fat for optimal health.

 

2. Encourage Exercise

Prevent obesity with prudent portion control and frequent play activities. Exercise relieves stress, reduces aggression and keeps cats alert. Just 15 to 30 minutes of play a day can help keep your cat in shape and strengthen the bond between the two of you. In addition, getting your kitten used to playtime early on will help you get used to playing with your cat routinely.

 

3. Provide Safe, Clean Living Conditions

Keep your kitten inside to help reduce the risk of illness or injury from accidents, fights and disease. As your kitten gets older, you can help avoid the stress of harassment from other animals by keeping your kitten inside. You should make your home safe by protecting your cat from environmental dangers, such as household cleaners and secondhand smoke. Cats frequently groom themselves with their tongues, and over time, even small amounts of harmful chemicals can have adverse effects.

 

4. Schedule Regular Medical and Dental Checkups

Groom your kitten early and often to get her used to brushing. When brushing, check for bumps or abnormalities, and promptly seek veterinary advice if you discover anything suspicious. Take your cat to the veterinarian at least annually for a complete physical exam, and follow your veterinarian’s advice regarding preventive health care measures.

Your veterinarian may also recommend periodic professional cleaning of your cat’s teeth, which may preserve years of her life.

 

5. Give Them Lots of Affection

Last but not least, give your cat lots of love! Despite some cats’ aloof demeanor, all cats thrive on affection. Both you and your cat will reap the benefits of spending quality time together.

 

Cat Ageing Chart

It was once thought that one year in the life of a cat was equivalent to seven years of a human life. Below is a revised way of looking at how a cat year stacks up to a human year.


 

Cat Age

Human Age

6 months

10 years

8 months

13 years

10 months

14 years

1 year

15 years

18 months

20 years

2 years

24 years

3 years

28 years

4 years

32 years

5 years

36 years

6 years

40 years

7 years

44 years

8 years

48 years

9 years

52 years

10 years

56 years

11 years

60 years

12 years

64 years

13 years

68 years

14 years

72 years

15 years

76 years

16 years

80 years

17 years

84 years

18 years

88 years

19 years

92 years

20 years

96 years

21 years

100 years

5 Tips to Help Your Kitten Live a Long and Healthy Life
5 Tips to Help Your Kitten Live a Long and Healthy Life
5 Tips to Help Your Kitten Live a Long and Healthy Life
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