4 Tips to Make the Most of Happy, Healthy Cat Month

(Family Features) September can traditionally be a busy month. With summer coming to an end and back-to-school season in full swing, there seems to always be something on the calendar.

For cat owners, September is also Happy, Healthy Cat Month. While you’re trading in beach towels for bag lunches, don’t forget to go the extra mile for your feline friends and show them how much they mean to you.

“Animals are beloved members of the family, so it’s important we make them feel that way,” said Dr. Jeff Werber, veterinarian and IAMS™ Cat spokesperson. “Whether it’s through proper nutrition to fuel fun play time or making time to snuggle, this is a perfect time of year to give our cats the love and appreciation they deserve.”

These four tips from Dr. Werber can help you celebrate and bond with your cat all year long. For more information on keeping your cat happy and healthy, visit IAMS.com.

  1. Create space to play – Just like humans, cats have energy they need to exert throughout the day. Give your feline family member a dedicated space in the house where you can play together and keep his or her toys, like an at-home jungle gym or a box of laser lights and feathers.

  1. Fuel playtime with a high-quality diet – Food can play a significant role in your cat’s overall happiness and health.

“I’ve been feeding my cats IAMS™ cat food for years,” Dr. Werber said. “The IAMS™ brand launched a product called High Protein, which I love. It provides cats with high-quality, animal-sourced protein that helps them maintain healthy vitality and fuel their carnivorous spirits.”

  1. Toys are a cat’s best friend – By nature, cats are curious and on the prowl. Have a variety of toys on-hand, such as laser pointers, feather wands and stuffed mice, which can give them the chance to interact and pounce. Not only is this a great form of exercise but it also allows them to exert their predator instincts.

  1. Spend quality time together – For cats, quality time can be spent in a variety of ways. If your schedule is busy, try folding your laundry or doing some work in the same room so they know you’re by their side. You can also squeeze in cuddle time with your furry friend as you wind down and watch television or read a book before bed. Spending time together can instill companionship between you and your pet.

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