Summer may be the perfect time for family trips and outdoor activities, but it’s also a great time to reset and make sure you’re keeping the whole family healthy, including your feline friend. Help your cat stay active, healthy and safe during the summer months by following these tips.
4 Feline Summer Health and Safety Tips
(Family Features) Summer may be the perfect time for family trips and outdoor activities, but it’s also a great time to reset and make sure you’re keeping the whole family healthy, including your feline friend.
To live their best lives, cats need to feel healthy from the inside out, and much of that stems from what they eat. Help your cat stay active, healthy and safe during the summer months by following these tips from the experts at the IAMS™ brand.
1. Focus on Food – Cats are natural carnivores and need the proper amount of protein in their diets. One way to get that is with IAMS High Protein cat food, which is formulated with 84 percent of protein sourced from chicken and salmon. The high concentration of high-quality chicken and salmon helps cats maintain strong muscles and keeps them active.
Other key elements to look for in a high-quality dry cat food include:
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2. Prioritize Playtime – Though they tend to sleep a lot, especially in the heat, cats also require exercise. Playing a cat-and-mouse game with toys that encourage aerobic activity is one way to give your cat necessary exercise and create a fun bonding experience.
3. Keep Hydrated – Cats need help to stay hydrated, especially in warmer weather. Make sure their water dish is always full and consider placing a few additional water dishes throughout the house. Whatever rooms your cat is drawn to or wherever the family spends quality time, have water readily available so your pet can easily quench his or her thirst and avoid dehydration. You can also incorporate wet cat food to their routine for added moisture in their diet.
4. Create a Cool Space – When the weather is warm, your cat will likely seek out cool places in and around the house to lounge. Make sure he or she has plenty of shady places to lay and that those spots are free of clutter or obstacles. Cats are curious by nature, so tuck cables and cords away, limit the amount of free-standing, sharp or glass objects and keep anything with hazardous chemicals, such as cleaning supplies, locked away to help reduce the possibility of illness or injury.
For more information on establishing healthy habits for your feline friend, visit IAMS.com.SOURCE:
Because the symptoms of canine motion sickness can mimic several other problems, many pet owners may not realize their dogs suffer from this condition. If you determine that your pet is indeed suffering from motion sickness, you can take several steps to make your next trip together more comfortable.
Smooth the Ride for Dogs with Motion Sickness
(Family Features) Because the symptoms of canine motion sickness can mimic several other problems, many pet owners may not realize their dogs suffer from this condition.
However, a recent study conducted on behalf of Zoetis found that up to 23 percent of dogs experience motion sickness. The study also found that some pet owners feel that motion sickness weakens their relationship with their dog because it often forces them to leave their dog at home. Recognizing the symptoms and understanding treatment options can help ease your dog’s discomfort and ensure a smoother ride for the entire family.
Motion sickness may at times be difficult to recognize, but it is a real medical condition that affects the centers of the brain that control balance and motion. This condition may also be exhibited as fear and anxiety about car rides. Dogs suffering from motion sickness may show a variety of signs, including drooling, dry heaving, excessive lip licking, excessive panting, inactivity, pacing, restlessness, shaking, vomiting, whining or yawning.
However, especially during warmer months, some of these signs, such as excessive panting and whining, can mistakenly be attributed to other things, such as overheating. That’s why it is important to pay close attention to the onset of signs that could indicate motion sickness and note any correlations with travel, including anxiety or avoidance behavior like resistance to getting in the car. Sharing this information with your veterinarian can help isolate the cause.
If you determine that your pet is indeed suffering from motion sickness, you can take several steps to make your next trip together more comfortable:
Find more resources for traveling with a dog that has motion sickness at cerenia.com.
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