With their fierce independence, it’s easy to think that cats are totally self-sufficient. Though they do take care of themselves in many ways, as their pet parent, it’s important you help them with the things they can’t do on their own. With that in mind, we’ve gathered five tips to help keep your cat healthy and happy for many years to come. Cats and dogs alike need a veterinarian that will treat them well. If you’re in the Beverly Hills area and you’re looking for a vet you can trust with your furry friend, call us at Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital.

-Regular Grooming

While your cat cleans and grooms itself, it’s important for you to regularly brush or comb them as well, no matter if they have long or short fur. That removes dead fur from their coat, which prevents them from ingesting it when they’re grooming themselves. This will also give you a good opportunity to see if there are any irregular changes to their body. Lumps, bumps, or sore spots should all be checked by your veterinarian as soon as possible.

-Fresh Water

Your cat’s health relies a lot on clean, fresh water, so it is important to provide them with new water every day. If your cat doesn’t drink out of their bowl, you can give them a tall glass to drink out of, which requires them to bend down less to drink. Another option is a cat fountain, which some cats prefer for its flowing nature.

-Enough Litter Boxes

The recommendation for litter boxes is that you have one for each cat along with one extra. That is to say, if you have two cats, you should have three litter boxes. When you keep the litter boxes clean, you encourage your cat to exercise good litter box habits. That can mean you need to scoop it out more than once a day. Regularly cleaning the litter box will also ensure you’re aware of any changes in your cat’s urine or stool, which can indicate there may be a health issue.

-Urinating Outside the Litter Box

If you notice your cat has started to urinate outside of their litter box, it may mean that the litter just needs to be changed. However, this can also be a sign of a urinary tract infection or another medical issue. To be safe, bring your cat to the vet to check on the situation.

-Scratching Posts

Training your cat to use a scratching post will help protect your furniture, but it has more benefits than just that. Using a scratching post will also help your cat stretch their muscles and remove old layers from their claws to keep them in good condition. Appropriate surfaces for scratching posts include carpet, sisal, and cardboard.

There are many more ways that you can keep your cat healthy for years to come, which we’ll be covering in the future. One such tip is to find a cat-friendly vet, and for the Beverly Hills area, you can count on Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital to take care of your little lion. Call us today to schedule an appointment.