Jodi Ziskin, the healthy pet coach spoke that evening, to an audience of humans and the 22 cats in the cafe.
She talked about how preventative healthcare means getting your cat to the vet, and she explained that cats are seeing veterinarians less frequently than they previously did.
One of the important things that a vet can do to help you is by being your partner in understanding what is normal for your cat. A baseline bloodwork test performed before your cat becomes geriatric helps you and your vet detect changes as your kitty ages. That way, you know whether an unusual value in bloodwork in your senior cat is unusual or normal for your cat.
Similarly, Jodi advocates knowing your cat. Being aware of how often your cat normally urinates and defecates daily helps you notice when an issue arises. Being familiar with what your cat’s output smells like is useful, too. If what you find in the litter box is suddenly more pungent than usual, it can alert you to something going on with your kitty’s health.
Although her previous seminar was all about nutrition, Jodi recapped some of the high points, including reminding everyone that cats are obligate carnivores and that cats don’t need kibble. She says she cooks for her cats, but that there is plenty of canned food that helps provide the moisture that cats need to stay healthy.
While Jodi talked, the cats were doing cat things around the cafe. One irresistible gray kitten stole the show. I spent nearly the whole time playing with him instead of taking notes.
As you can see, he doesn’t feel at all guilty about playing in the noisy crinkle tunnel while Jodi was talking.
Loud crinkling kittens aside, it was an interesting talk, and I’m looking forward to the next lecture in the series, Think like a Cat, The Importance of Enrichment and Play, on May 18th.
All of the cats featured in today’s blog post are available for adoption from the South Lake Animal League at the Orlando Cat Cafe.