How To Care For Your Tabby Cat?
7 November, 2011

Tabby cats are the most common of our feline friends. As I have mentioned in many of my other tabby related articles, a tabby cat is any cat with broken stripe markings on its fur. Often sporting an “M” shape on their forehead, these cats are as likely to be purebreds as they are mixed breed. Similar to other cats, a tabby cat has certain basic needs that must be met in order to remain happy and healthy. These needs are often simple to meet and create the opportunity for a well-fed, well-behaved, well-adjusted tabby to thrive in life.

CHOOSE A VETERIANARIAN

Make sure to find veterinary care for your tabby cat. Take your cat to the vet once a year at minimum. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that cats receive vaccinations for rabies, Feline Leukemia Virus, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and the Feline  distemper. Other vaccines may be administered by a vet on an as-needed basis. Routine physical examinations are important as they rule out other health problems in tabby cats, including obesity, diabetes, thyroid problems, bone and joint disorders, dental problems and ocular diseases.

DIET RICH IN PROTEIN

Feed your cat a food rich in protein. Cats are carnivores, meaning they eat meat and only meat. Tabby cats are no different from their wild ancestors in this way. A small amount of vegetable matter is permissible, mimicking what a wild cat would consume from it’s prey’s stomach contents.  Make sure not to over feed your tabby as many tend to eat everything which can lead to obesity.  My orange tabby, Sammy, is fed a high fiber diet to fill him up and keep his weight off!

Tabbies rule!

HAVE A BOWL FOR WATER

Allow your cat access to fresh, clean water. Tabby cats that are fed a diet of moist or wet food do not drink as much as those who eat dry foods, but should still have round the clock access to an adequate supply of water.  Water helps cleanse their system and keep them hydrated.

BUY TOYS AND OTHER FUN DISTRACTIONS

Provide toys for your tabby cat. Tabbies are curious and inquisitive creatures. Many are great hunters. Balls, fake mice, laser pointers, sticks, string and pieces of furniture that allow the tabby to climb and run are all excellent choices.  Some cats like catnips which make them even more fun to play with and you might even find them running around the house!

LITTER BOX

Set up a litter box for your tabby cat in a tranquil, out of the way part of your home for an optimal, stress free situation.  Bathrooms are a good place or under a window in the corner of a room.  You can use either clay or pine litter in the litter box.  I use pine litter as it smells better and is very easy to clean.

NECESSARY AFFECTION

Spend quality time with your tabby cat. Tabby cats need affection and human interaction to remain happy. Kittens who are introduced to human interaction at a young age are less likely to become aggressive or fearful.  How can you not love your tabby?  They are fun, easy to be around and so adorable. Have a pet profile? Build a pet profile today!

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