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Updated on January 28, 2014

Cat Health

So, you are a cat owner and wanting to know what is the best way to keep your kitty in good health, so he or she can live a long and happy life? As pet owners, we all want to do the best we can for the animals under our care, but it can be difficult to find out what is actually best for your cat, among all the marketing nonsense. The pet food industry is filled with corruption, mis-information and downright lies.

As a cat breeder, I have spent years sorting through many different opinions on feeding and health care for cats. I have used many different types of food - both commercial and naturally sourced, and used a number of different health-care modalities. I believe that I have acquired good cat health knowledge that I would like to share.

Here on this page you can find some good basic information on what I believe is some of the better ways to enhance your cats health. Read on, and please let me know if you have any questions in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

And for more in-depth information on cat health and care, please visit my website: Cat Problems Advice

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Cat Health
Cat Health

Best Things For A Healthy Cat

What can you do to keep your cat healthy?

Look at the lovely bright eyes on this healthy kitten pictured on the right!

Depending on whether your cat is an indoors (or confined) cat or a free-ranger, there are things you can to to help increase the level of their health.

Firstly a cat that is confined is not able to supplement his or her diet if anything is lacking, and this is an area where you can make a huge difference. Check what you are feeding and try and add in as much raw food as you can.

Secondly, if your cat is confined to the house, try and find some way she can get outdoors.

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Give Your Indoors-Only Cat Outside Time

Cats need fresh air and stimulation

While the current trend towards keeping cats confined to the indoors is great in some respects - such as simply keeping your cats safe and minimizing destruction of native fauna - there is absolutely no question that a cat that has access to the outdoors is a healthier cat. Those that never get outside do not have access to direct sunlight, which is an important source of vitamin D.

There are also major benefits of simply getting their feet onto the ground, connecting them with the earth.

Indoor cats do not get much in the way of natural stimulation of their prey drive, which helps to keep them emotionally happy.

So, if you have an indoors only cat, then consider some way in which you can allow him or her to get into the great outdoors. Maybe you can train her to walk on a leash? Or, think about purchasing or making an outdoor cat enclosure.

A Great Range Of OutDoor Cat Enclosures

Below is a selection of nice cat enclosures to help your cat enjoy the fresh air outside of the house.

Kittywalk Town-&-Country Pet Enclosure
Kittywalk Town-&-Country Pet Enclosure

KittyWalk produce a great range of outdoor cat enclosures.

This one is multi-module and will suit ore than one cat.

It is also able to be joined to other Kittywalk enclosures - if you want to extend your cat's play area.

 
Kritter Kondo, Outdoor Cat Enclosure
Kritter Kondo, Outdoor Cat Enclosure

This is another collapsible enclosure - which is great. It is easy to set up and to take down an store.

It requires no building or stakes at all.

 
Kritter Kondo 2B Deluxe Outdoor Pet Enclosure, Pink/Pink, 2-Feet by 2-1/2-Feet by 6-Feet
Kritter Kondo 2B Deluxe Outdoor Pet Enclosure, Pink/Pink, 2-Feet by 2-1/2-Feet by 6-Feet

A great collapsible home for your kitty to be at peace outside is this kritter Kondo model.

It has a shade on the top to keep the hot sun off your cat.

But, of course you would have to love pink to buy this enclosure!

 

Kritter Kondo 1B Deluxe Outdoor Pet Enclosure - Outdoor cat enclosure

Kitty Condo Outdoor Pet Enclosure Kritter Kondo 1B Deluxe Outdoor Pet Enclosure is red and white. It has a very generous sizing of 2 Feet by 2-1/2 Feet by 6-Feet

Remember that "Outside is Healthy" for your cat - as long as she is safe.

This is a nice outdoor cat enclosure for small spaces, although if you have a backyard, I would suggest that you look into purchasing an enclosure with a lot more space for your cat to exercise in.

Kritter Kondo 1B Deluxe Outdoor Pet Enclosure, Red/White, 2-Feet by 2-1/2-Feet by 6-Feet
Kritter Kondo 1B Deluxe Outdoor Pet Enclosure, Red/White, 2-Feet by 2-1/2-Feet by 6-Feet

This particular cat enclosure doesn't need any stakes to be stuck into the ground, making it ideal for those who only have a balcony or verandah. It is collapsible therefore easy to store.

 

The KittyWalk Outdoor Cat Enclosure - Fresh air for your cat

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Kittywalk Town-&-Country Pet Enclosure
Kittywalk Town-&-Country Pet Enclosure

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This is the KittyWalk, which is a very popular product for people who own indoor cats. it has a nice size, and there are ups and downs for good exercise.

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Make Your Own Cat Enclosure
Make Your Own Cat Enclosure

Make Your Own Cat Enclosure

Building a cat run is not really all that hard - as long as you do not want something that is fixed and permanent.

If you can get some special cat netting and something to attach it to a structure such as your verandah or your patio - then you already have the makings of a very cool outdoor run for your cats.

Check out the page linked to on the photo on the right. And there, you can see exactly how such an enclosure was made, along with lots of photos for you to be able to make your own.

As you can see from the photo, cats love to lounge in the grass, and of course it is so very good for them. If you can manage some form of outdoor cat run, then your feline family members will surely enjoy your efforts.

Raw Diet For Cats

Choose Raw Food For Your Cat - A good range of raw diet for cats products

As much in the way of raw food will go a long way to keeping your cat in tip-top health.

Although it is often not easy to feed a house cat raw food, and many people struggle with finding good quality, really fresh raw food for their kitty - there are choices you can make that will be much better than the usual store-brand commercial cat food.

Below is a list of easily obtainable products that make a raw food diet for cats easier to accomplish by cat owners. Although not perfect, these products are a much better choice that the standard commercial cat foods.

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Dry Cat Food Products - Make better choices of food for your cat.

While dry or canned cat food is never a good option for any cat's diet, there are times when it cannot be avoided.

If you have to feed commercial cat food, then make sure you are feeding the best quality that you can, and that it is a food with as little of the toxic elements that are in many cat food products.

There are a number of products that claim to be holistic cat food, but you need to be aware of the marketing hype. Any one can say their food is "holistic" but - just make sure to read the label before buying. Here are some of the better quality dried cat food options:

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Canned Cat Food Choices

Choosing the best canned cat food, use the tips above. As little grain as possible and preferably none at all.

Here are some of the top canned cat food products available:

Are you worried about your cats health. Do you question what you are feeding him or her? Please leave your comments and thoughts for our other readers, thank you.

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      HelloKittyCat 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Martha, thank you for visiting and your comment. Yup, your cat will love you if you get to give her some time outside.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very good information. I really like how you talk about cats needing to get outside. Mine is an indoors cat and I had never really known what she was missing out on.