New Year's Resolutions Fit for a Cat

Keep cats in mind when making resolutions for 2008.

Posted: January 1 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Many people tend to make the same resolutions each year — quit smoking, lose weight, get out of debt. However, ringing in 2008 doesn’t have to be all about humans. In fact, including cats in resolutions may benefit owners, too.

The San Diego Animal Support Foundation, an organization that raises money to improve the lives of rescue and shelter animals, has released a few resolutions fit for a cat. They are:

Visit the Veterinarian — Take cats to the vet at least once a year for a health check and vaccinations.

Feed Cats Healthy Food and Ensure They Exercise — Overweight cats suffer consequences similar to humans for carrying extra pounds including diabetes, arthritis and premature death. Feed cats high-quality food and avoid rewarding cats with treats. Instead, play with them to ensure they’re getting proper exercise.

Spend Quality Time With Cats — Spending quality time with cats builds stronger bonds between pets and owners, and studies reveal that it is good for humans’ health by way of reducing stress and lowering blood pressure. Other ways to spend time with cats is to volunteer at a shelter or sign up to help out in a pet therapy program.

Grooming — Set regular appointments to trim cats’ nails and clean their teeth. As an added benefit, sometimes groomers catch health problems, such as a tumors or cysts in their early stages.

Update ID Tags, Microchips and Emergency Numbers — Invalid or outdated information on collars and microchips may result in lost pets not returning home. In addition, update emergency contact information with veterinarians, boarding facilities and pet sitters, and designate a friend or family member to take care of cats in case of an emergency.

Sticking to a few simple resolutions can help keep cats — and owners — happy and healthy throughout 2008.

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Cathy    Hubbard, OH

8/19/2008 4:30:06 AM

Excellent resolutions!

Bob    Syracuse, NY

1/3/2008 9:03:27 AM

These are excellent suggestions. I intend to follow up on all of them.

Angela & Chica    Arlington, VA

1/1/2008 2:53:41 PM

Thank you for the great suggestions for the new year.

Laurie    Erie, PA

1/1/2008 1:31:28 PM

I never gave a thought to thinking of a resolution for my cats.

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