Updated - Nov 6th, 2023
Cat parents, you know the struggle. Keeping a close eye on your elusive kitty’s activities AND making sure they have all their health needs covered can be a real challenge. That’s why we’re seeking inspiration from some superstar felines who have it all figured out – none other than Tango and Nemo, two talented cats who share the role of Goose in the upcoming Marvel Studios’ The Marvels movie, in theaters November 10!
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Goose is an alien Flerken masquerading as an orange cat. While Goose’s on-screen life (think space travel and intergalactic battles) may not exactly reflect the life of an average domestic cat, these real-life cat actors have a lot to teach us about maintaining a stellar health and wellness regime!
Read on for 4 top tips to maintain your cat’s health for years to come.
Give your cat action-packed days with physical and mental exercise
A day on The Marvels set is always excitement-filled for Tango and Nemo. With rehearsals and warm-ups, they keep their minds engaged and body active. For your cat, regular exercise and mental stimulation is important, too! Cats are powerful athletes and need a daily dose of running, jumping, and playing to keep conditions like obesity and arthritis at bay. Cats also need mental stimulation in their day to stave off boredom and discourage any destructive behaviors.
While outdoor or free-roaming cats may have an easier time amusing themselves and getting the exercise they need, indoor cats may not. It’s important to provide opportunities for regular play and mental stimulation in the form of toys or puzzles.
Here are just a few ideas to keep your kitty busy:
- Encourage your cat’s hunting instincts with small toys or by hiding treats
- Start a chase with a flashlight
- Use a cat wand or similar to get some active jumping
- Install a cat ladder, cat tower, or cat condo for all-access climbing
Prioritize a balanced diet to fuel your cat’s epic adventures
Tango and Nemo have to be fit and fresh for the high-octane action on set. A well-balanced diet goes a long way to help cats like them stay in superior shape. Cats of all ages and lifestyles need to maintain a consistent balance of nutrients. Cats can be picky eaters, but it’s worth finding foods your cat likes that contain good sources of protein mixed with small amounts of fats and carbohydrates.
While cats’ pleading meows can be very convincing, cat treats should be kept to a minimum. This promotes optimum health and prevents common conditions that can develop as a result of obesity, like diabetes and mobility issues.
Adequate hydration is also essential for cats, and you should always provide access to fresh drinking water. A great deal of cats’ hydration comes from their food so it’s best to have more variety than a solely dry food diet. If your cat’s water bowl often goes untouched, try a cat water fountain – the fresh stream can help encourage your cat to drink!
Make it your mission to visit the veterinarian regularly
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character Goose successfully hides her true identity as an alien Flerken. In the real world, cats are exceptionally good at hiding symptoms or pain when they are sick or injured. Cats also tend to hide from their humans when something is wrong, which can delay the diagnosis of any conditions they may be suffering from.
It’s non-negotiable for high-profile cat actors like Tango & Nemo to see a veterinarian regularly. With frequent checkups, their veterinarians can keep a close eye on their health during filming and throughout the year. While your veterinarian may not be the most popular person in your cat’s life, it’s crucial to take your cat for regular checkups, too. At your cat’s yearly check-up, your veterinarian will usually perform these important routine services:
- A full body exam to identify anything unusual
- Parasite screening tests to catch illnesses and diseases early
- Vaccines to help prevent common conditions like Rabies and Feline Panleukopenia (FPV)
Learn more about getting 100% refunds for these three key services with Pumpkin’s unique wellness package called Preventive Essentials. It’s not insurance, but an optional benefit you can add to any Pumpkin plan.
Help protect against the unknown with a pet insurance plan
Goose opening her mouth to reveal huge bad-guy-fighting tentacles? Yeah, we didn’t see that coming either! Just like in the movies, big surprises happen with our pets when we least expect them. Even superhero extraordinaires like Tango and Nemo aren’t immune to sudden accidents and illnesses. While you should always take precautions and prioritize your cat’s preventive care, you can never fully avoid the risk of the unexpected. From swallowing things they shouldn’t, to fracturing falls, to urinary tract infections, all types of crazy things can happen to cats with little to no warning.
You want to be able to give your kitty the best veterinary care possible when sudden surprises happen. Pumpkin Cat Insurance plans help you do just that by paying you back for 90% of all eligible vet bills. With this support, it’s easier to say “yes” to the advanced diagnostics, treatments, and recovery care your cat may need if they get sick or hurt unexpectedly. Plus, it gives you added comfort and reassurance to know that you’d be able to provide the best care when it really matters.
The final word on keeping your cat super healthy
Tango and Nemo rose to Marvel stardom thanks to hard work and dedication, which is exactly what’s required to keep your beloved kitty in superhero shape! With daily exercise that challenges your cat’s physical and mental prowess, a well-rounded diet, and regular vet checkups, you’ll be doing everything in your power to ensure your cat’s days are fulfilling. For the accidents and illnesses that no one can foresee, a Pumpkin Cat Insurance plan will help prepare you to provide excellent veterinary care if and when the time comes. With all four of these care tips in place, you can give your cat a healthy, vibrant life worthy of a true The Marvels superhero.
Finally, we have a special surprise for you – if you get a free Pumpkin Pet Insurance quote before 11/24, you’ll have a chance to win 2 Fandango Movie Tickets* on us! You won’t want to miss out on seeing Tango and Nemo as Goose the Flerken in Marvel Studios’ The Marvels, in theaters November 10.