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For the Love of Cats #PetSmartLovesCats

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If someone had told me 20 years ago that I’d be a cat lover, I would have scoffed at him or her. I considered myself a dog person and always thought cats had too much attitude for me. The thing was that I never really knew much about owning a cat. My mom was allergic so we only ever had dogs. I married a huge cat lover and he insisted that we get a cat and I would love him or her. I took a chance and the rest is history.

Now, I’m solely a cat owner with three gorgeous cats who are part of our family. I love my cats even when they give me a little attitude. It’s a cat thing! I’ve become a cat person and friends and family know to tag me in cute cat photos and videos so I can check them out.

My cats now are Princess and Misty, two sisters we adopted five years ago as kittens. The newest addition is Reggie, a one year old orange tabby. He’s a wild one!

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Compared to dogs, cats are fairly low maintenance. My cats enjoy their alone time, but will often come and sit with me for a quick snuggle. I like that they are independent and don’t get anxious if I leave the room. I doubt they care most of the time!

Cats are clean by nature and enjoy grooming themselves and each other. I’ll often catch Princess grooming Reggie or Reggie grooming Misty. It’s so sweet to see that sibling love.

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Cats also value a clean litter box in a private location. It’s recommended to have at least one litter box for every cat. I personally only have two litter boxes and that seems to be working out fine. I clean it daily and my cats will stand around to watch me to do it. Then it’s a race to see who can get in there first afterwards!

Many of my friends are cat owners and we share funny and cute cat photos back and forth and also discuss any concerns we have about our pets. Two topics that often come up are hairball control and urinary issues. Hairballs are the #1 condition in cats for pet parents. We are no stranger to hairballs, but thankfully they aren’t too common in our home.

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Urinary infections are the #1 reason for cat owners to visit a veterinary clinic. I knew that if your cat is urinating outside the litter box, it can mean that he or she has a urinary infection. A friend of mine dealt with this issue several months ago and thought her cat was acting out. I told her to go get him checked at the vet and it turned out to be an infection.

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Hills Pet Nutrition has recently introduced a new formula that focuses on these top two issues! Look for Hills® Science Diet® Urinary & Hairball Control formula at PetSmart stores across Canada. It’s formulated to support the entire urinary system.  A healthy bladder begins with the right balance of nutrients.

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It’s also the only food that addresses both hairballs and urinary health in cats. It contains an optimal level of magnesium, natural fibers to reduce hairballs, antioxidants and has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

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I think of the saying, “You are what you eat”. Just like in humans, it’s important for cats to eat nutritious foods. My cats like a mix of wet and dry food. They know the sound of me opening the cupboard to get their dishes and usually come running. They are healthy and happy cats.

Have you ever dealt with hairballs or urinary infections with your cats?

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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