Your Kitten: 2 Years Old
Mental and Physical Development
Even now that your cat is two years old they will often want to play and explore as they once did when they were kittens. The possible downside with this (depending on your disposition) is that your young cat will continue to crave attention, not only during the day, but at night as well. But not to worry, Petside.co.uk are here with a few tips to help your playful cat rest, so you can get the night's sleep you need...
Food Before Bed. If you provide your cat with a full portion of food before they go to bed this will help them sleep more easily.
Evening Playtime. You can have fun with your cat at any time of the day but it is best to encourage playtime in the evening so that your cat will be tired at night. Leave plenty of toys lying around so that your cat will not get bored.
Close Your Bedroom Door. These tips will help while your cat is young and as he/she grows older these night time bursts of energy are very likely to get less and less, but until then we recommend you sleep with your bedroom door closed. If you cat takes to scratching the carpet outside your bedroom door at night use a deterrent spray.
Diets for Pets in Adulthood
The question on a lot of cat owners lips at this stage is 'Am I giving my 2 year old cat a healthy and balanced diet?'. Well, not all cat foods that are available in the shops are the same. A healthy feline diet is made up of food that is easy to digest, that is balanced with nutrients, and ultimately it has to taste good.
It's a good idea to talk to your vet about what kinds of foods they recommend for your young cat. Speak to them about your preferences, the shops you usually buy your cat food from and other places in your area you would be prepared to go for food. For example, would you consider going to a grocery shop, a pet store, a gourmet pet food store or even go back to your vet to buy your cat food?
Health and Veterinary Services: Symptoms & Illnesses
It is often very difficult to tell whether your cat is sick or in pain, because their evolution amongst predators has made it instinctive for them to hide all symptoms. How are you to know when to call the vet? What symptoms should you look for? Petside explain the symptoms...
Losing weight, a loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea or straining in the litter tray should tell you to phone your vet there and then. Sneezing, itching, coughing and streaming eyes or nose should also be investigated further. If you see any lumps or bumps on your young cat, especially if they have just been vaccinated, call your vet immediately.
As your young cat reaches maturity, your vet may want to take yearly blood tests to screen for feline diseases that cats are prone to in later life, such as hyperthyroidism and chronic kidney disease. The symptoms you will see in an older cat can include weight loss, increased volume of urination or increased thirst, hair loss, dilated pupils, or yowling at night.
Training: Correction of Behavioural Problems
When your cat begins to display behavioural problems at 2-years old it will take a lot of time and energy to try to correct them - but do not fear, it can be done! The only tried and tested way that we know of is positive enforcement to effectively change bad behaviours in pets.
The basis of this method is to use praise and attention to reward their good behaviour, then on the flip side ignoring bad behaviour. The environment that your young cat is living in should also be mentally stimulating and healthy. Bad behaviour has been found to be tightly linked to cats being bored or living in stressful surroundings.
If your cat is displaying what you consider to be a more severe behavioural problem, then it may be a medical or psychological issue. These you will need to take your cat to the vet for, who will carry out medicinal and behavioural modification techniques.
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