As cat owners, we spend time thinking about how best to protect our pets from the dangers that might befall them. We wonder things like “Does she have a hairball?” or “Did she pick something up off the floor?” or even “Is she choking?” These are all indications of a concerned pet parent. We take on the burden of bathing our cats, seeing that they are spayed or neutered and get their shots. We even love them and hug them (when they let us!). But there may be times when we forget about their mental and emotional health.At the risk of sounding like the Dog Whisperer, the truth is that cats are very sensitive animals. They’re sensitive to changes in physical environment, and they can nuance stressful situations. They get moody, too. Sometimes cats act out whenever they’re trying to deal with things they can’t easily process. Their feelings may come out when they hiss, scratch, or use the bathroom where they shouldn’t.Part of good animal health is maintaining a healthy mind. As pet parents, we can forget that. A healthy mind goes hand in hand with good levels of physical fitness. Cats which have the opportunity to play, hide, climb and scratch on cat furniture are generally better tempered than their counterparts.Cat trees make an exceptional outlet for cats, challenging them both physically and mentally. Made of wood and covered with a variety of fabrics, cat trees provide a veritable feline playground. Your formerly lazy cat may find renewed interest in play if given some cat trees.The real fun – which is truly disguised exercise – comes when you watch your pet run among the cat trees, stalking pretend play or even crashing in a specially-shaped hammock. Next time you think about the health of your animal, give cat trees some thought.
Animal health care is becoming more and more costly, however as a pet lover you would feel a huge emotional strain as well as financial if your animal were to get sick. Loosing a pet for people is a similar feeling to that of losing a loved one and while there are people who may believe this is not true I for one would feel a great gaping whole in my life if I was to loose my pet. However, there are financial burdens that can come when caring for an animal and there are ways that you can try to avoid the financial costs to a degree to ensure that you can provide the best health care for your animal without having to mortgage your house to do it.If you have a pet that becomes ill or injured the added factor of the cost and the stress concerned with paying for veterinary care need not be such a burden as you are able to obtain health insurance for your animals as well as yourself. Just as human health care costs increase so do the costs of veterinary care and now with the advent of pet health insurance you can attempt to lessen any burdens regarding those costs in the event that your animal is in need of veterinary care.The most common forms of health insurance relate to house pets, the most common house pets being cats. Having in place a pet insurance policy to cover your moggy in the time when there may be the need to visit the veterinarian for treatment or for an operation can reduce your emotional and financial stress levels. When you know you have insurance in place you are more likely to take your cat to the vet in a timely manner rather than in some cases, if there are financial concerns, doing your best to try to ensure the cat is getting well only to find that you are not able and then being forced to visit the veterinarian. When you know that the cover is in place you can take your animal to the vet as soon as possible. Rather than that attempt at avoiding the costs perhaps causing further illness and you are more likely to avoid long illnesses or recovery times as you take them immediately knowing that most of these costs will be covered under the pet health care policy.There are many cases where an animal is ill and the owner does not have insurance or the financial means to carry out expensive procedures and the last resort for the owner is to have the animal put to sleep. This is of course still a financial cost but the emotional cost of having to choose to put your animal to sleep rather than receiving an expensive treatment will linger for a long time.There are a lot of options available for the types of cat health insurance available and they impact on the actual premiums charged. You can choose to take cover that only covers preventative care such as vaccinations or you can choose cover for pet treatment for times when they are ill, get a disease or have suffered an injury. Using an insurance that only covers vaccinations or preventative health is a much lower premium charge but this will not avoid situations as stated above where if the financial costs are so high you must choose to have the animal euthanized.If you are considering pet health insurance do not wait until your animal is older, as just as with humans the premiums charged increase proportionate to age. If you were unaware that you could even obtain this cover then talk with your veterinarian as to what type of policy would be best for you and your animal and check out the financial cost of having a policy as opposed to the risk of having to find the funds should an event occur.Whatever you decide, if you are like me and consider your pet a member of the family then don’t be put off in obtaining pet health insurance at the scorn of others. They don’t have to live without your pet if something does happen and if you are given the option to provide great health care and cover expenses then you should look into whether this is possible for your own peace of mind.