Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Cats, Happy Lives #PerfectWeight

What we choose to feed our cats is a personal preference. We all want the best for our fuzz-butts and make cat-food decisions based on many factors, including budget, research, convenience or special needs. Catladyland is not here to tell you what or how to feed your cats; however, from time to time, we're happy to present options we feel good about, knowing you will make the best decision for you and your cat.

I share my life with two human kids and three feline ones, and it's my priority to keep all of them healthy. That means they get regular medical care, eat good food and plenty of play and exercise. I'll admit, though, the exercise part is probably the hardest -- and that goes for the cats and the people in my house! But still we try.

Dr. Ashley Gallagher, vet at the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C., gives us a quick breakdown for how to keep our pets happy and healthy.

Dogs and cats age much more quickly than humans, so missing one annual checkup is like one of us missing five years' worth of appointments! 

Now I don't especially enjoy going to the doctor, but I also value my health and know these visits keep me on top of my game. My cats can't make the choice to skip vet visits (although I'm sure that'd be number one of their list of super powers), so we need to make sure they make it there.

"I look FINE, Mom!"

Proper preventative care doesn't stop of the vet's office -- what we do at home also makes a huge difference.

This includes regular grooming! I know some cats love getting brushed, but my cats are not particularly fans of the comb or Furminator. I have no idea why, because I love getting my hair brushed and styled. Weirdos. Don't forget about oral care and play/exercise. My cats go nuts for any kind of toy on a wand, so that's the one way I know I can get them moving. Except for Phoebe, they're not the kind of cats who chase after lasers and jingle balls. It's work to get them to play ... and that seems so counterintuitive, doesn't it?

"Excuse me, what's missing over here?"

Choose quality food and treats for your pet, like Science Diet® Perfect Weight or other Hill's® Science Diet® Life Care products. 

One thing is for sure, my cats love to eat and let me know when they're hungry ... usually about an hour before their prescribed mealtime. Sound familiar? My cats want to choose their own mealtimes, and they would be "yes o'clock".

As part of their Healthier Pets, Happier lives campaign, Hill's® Science Diet® is offering the opportunity to win a $100 gift card toward your pet's next vet checkup -- they'll be giving one away every day for 90 days! Click here to enter.

This post is sponsored by Hill's and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight Food, but Catladyland only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article. 

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