Having a Cat as a Roommate + Tips for Owners

It's about time I write a post all about my cat, Olivia! 

I am fortunate enough to be allowed to have pets in my apartment building, so when I moved to Toronto in October, my cat from home (Olivia) came with me! It has been great to have her as company while living alone, and she has been a great roommate. The transition from living in the country, to now living in the city has effected her too, though. 

Below I will be sharing some tips for cat owners and things that have helped me help her to adjust to the move, and make sure she is still a healthy little kitty. 

I live on the 29th floor in my building, and although it's a great view - it sure does get hot up there! I barely had to turn the heat on in the winter months. As we approach summer now, I need to prepare for those hot days with extra fans and blasting the A/C. 

Olivia was not used to all of the heat and dry air on the 29th floor when we first moved in. Her fur was constantly full of static, and her skin was getting very dry. I was worried her water was evaporating instead of her drinking it. On my last visit to Olivia'a vet, they suggested that I place ice cubes in her water. It has been a success so far!

Olivia loves to play with the ice cubes and lick them. I know that once they melt, she has extra water in her bowl for later, too. 

The food that Olivia eats is the Merrick grain free "Purrfect Bistro" Chicken or Salmon recipe. 

Another thing that I like to do to keep Olivia healthy is to brush her fur regularly. This helps with her itchiness and discomfort (due to the dry air). She loves getting a good brushing every once and a while.

Olivia usually likes to sleep during the day and only gets up to eat and drink, or use her littler box. She is pretty lazy and has gained a couple of pounds since moving to Toronto! Lately I have been watching her diet, and making sure to measure out her food every day. I give Olivia 1/2 a cup of kibble every morning now. 

Since Olivia doesn't get as much exercise as she did before I moved, I make a point of buying her little toys once and a while and initiating play time so that she can run around my small apartment a bit. Her favourite thing to play with is a pink wire toy with feathers on the end of it. She has completely destroyed this toy now, but you can see a bit of her antics in the video at the bottom of this post! 

Olivia is a great roommate! It's nice having someone there at the ned of the day to come home to. She is also very calming and will sit with me to do homework in the evenings, and then follows me to bed at night. 

Watch the compilation video below!

Thanks for reading today

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