Emma’s Meow Memo: 5 Ways to Pamper Your Pet

Emma’s Meow Memo: 5 Ways to Pamper Your Pet 

Meet Emma, the cutest, sweetest, and fluffiest cat around (according to her mom, Social Media Assistant Melissa, that is). Emma is here to share five of her meow-worthy feline favorites, and since she turns two years old this month, she knows what she is talking about!

Toys: To keep a kitty young, it is essential to get exercise. Many cats stay active by playing with a variety of toys: crinkle balls (cats love these noisy toys), toys stuffed with catnip, and jingle bell balls. Toys provide entertainment during the day while they are alone, and are fun for an interactive play session with a pet parent.  It’s not just dogs that retrieve; cats love it, too!

Snoozing on her brother, Einstein

Catnip: This herbal delight benefits cats by stimulating them to play and exercise, but also leads to a more mellow state. It can also be used to calm cats during travel or veterinary visits. Daily exposure will cause a loss of catnip sensitivity, but it is safe to use a little at a time weekly or bi-weekly. If you find your cat doesn’t like catnip, don’t worry: it’s an inherited trait, so some cats do not react to it.

Glucosamine: Emma’s veterinarian recommended a daily glucosamine supplement to provide nutritional support for the joints. Glucosamine is naturally found within joints.

Wet cat food: Cats get most of their moisture intake in the wild by hunting and killing animals like mice. Many house cats are fed a diet of exclusively dry food; however, to add moisture and increase water intake in their diets, it is important to supplement with wet food. The first ingredient should be a real meat source, like tuna, chicken, or beef.

Calming treats: Some cats are naturally timid, while others develop fears due to traumatic experiences in their early lives, like being abandoned. New people, thunderstorms, or even a trip to the veterinarian are all experiences that may cause fear in cats. Calming chews are a great addition to your pet’s diet during a change in routine.

What are your cat’s must haves? Leave us a comment below!

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  1. Claire Edge
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Great idea about the toys. We’re going out tomorrow to get kitty toys. My fur babies (5) have free feed dry food and twice daily mama feed them wet cat food. Fussy little critters only eat pate. Your kitty is just lovely. Thanks for the info.

  2. norman
    Posted September 6, 2016 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Can I give my dog a Great Dane/pit mix glucosamine chondroitin MSM…triple strength, or should I cut the pill in half…she weighs 100 lbs?

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