Cats are good for body, mind and spirit.
It's clear that living with a cat provides measurable health benefits. And while most pet parents are aware that interacting with your cat provides welcome relief from daily stress and anxiety through increased levels of serotonin and dopamine, research indicates that living with a cat can actually lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, ease people out of social isolation or depression and contribute to human aerobic activity.
Avoiding urinary tract issues in cats.
Urinary tract issues are the most frequent reason for veterinary visits for both male and female cats, and is generally due to an increased concentration of excess crystals in the urine. This condition requires immediate medical attention; left unresolved, it can often be life-threatening. To promote urinary tract health in your cat, take the following steps: Encourage increased water consumption:
- Feed canned food and dried food in combination
- Install re-circulating water fountains or provide access to multiple water bowls
- Change bowl locations occasionally as cats will drink from new resources
- Feed a holistic cat food that encourages an acid urine as the most common crystals have a hard time forming in an acid urine
- Feed a diet with moderately low levels of magnesium to discourage crystal formation