Cats are amazing pets, but they can be a finicky lot! Every decision you make regarding your pet’s care has a consequence, be it good or bad. Read on for ideas and insights that will benefit you, your cat, and your entire household.
Don’t leave drape cords near your cats. Never let your cats play with drape cords, as they could seriously injure themselves. This may harm or kill them. Keep all drape cords out of reach as a preventative measure.
When your female cat is old enough, it’s vital to get her spayed. You may not think it’s necessary if you have an indoor cat, but your cat may escape. Spaying a cat can prevent this.
It’s very important to get your cat microchipped. Indoor cats could run out your door or jump out the window. Tags and collars may be able to help you get your cat back, but cats can sometimes take these things off or they could get hung up on a tree or something. Microchips are extremely small, but they can hold all the same information as an identification tag. Most shelters and veterinarians can scan your pet to read the information on the chip, and the chip cannot be lost since it is beneath the skin.
Never let your cat experience frequent boredom. Cats need play and exercise like other pets. Many owners just don’t have time. If your cat is bored, it might develop a depression, obsessive compulsive behaviors or ruin some of your furniture. Give them toys they can play with, play with them yourself, or at the least give them room to exercise. If you have an indoor cat, provide a kitty gym for them to climb on or a scratching post.
If you are traveling with a cat in tow, be aware of the noises in your car. You may prefer loud music as you drive down the freeway, blasting your stereo, but your feline friend likes softer sounds better. So, keep your volume down, or turn it off to give your cat a better travel experience.
Set boundaries for your children when it comes to having a cat as a pet. Explain where the cat is and isn’t allowed. If you’re raising an indoor cat, inform your kids that the cat can’t go outside. Setting the rules in advance will ensure your children understand.
Use care if you have kids and a cat. Particularly if the children are younger than five, they need supervision. A child of that age doesn’t realize when they are being too rough with a pet. As kids age, you can then determine whether they are mature enough for small pets.
You cannot teach a cat to use a litter box. This is natural to them and does not need to be taught. A lot of people think that they can take their cat and try to rub their cat’s paws on the litter, but this may just traumatize the cat.
If your cat is pregnant, make sure she has plenty of room to give birth. It could take 3-4 hours for every kitten to arrive, so be patient. If you believe your cat is still giving birth after six hours, you should immediately drive to the vet’s office.
Has your cat stopped using its litter box? If so, consider moving the box into another location. Cat’s sometimes just don’t like the location you’ve picked for the box. Good examples are laundry rooms, basements and other areas away from the hustle and bustle of the home.
Dogs will wag their tails often to show their owners that they’re excited to see them. While cats are also prone to tail wagging, they do it for very different reasons. When a cat is wagging its tail, it’s actually feeling threatened and mulling over the classic question of fight or flight. If your cat starts wagging its tail while you hold it, you might want to set it down to avoid getting scratched and swatted.
Give the cat a collar with your contact information. This is also true for indoor cats. It is possible that the animal might accidentally venture out of your home. When your cat gets outside unexpectedly, it’s your responsibility to enable others to help your cat find their way home again.
An indoor cat is a healthy, happy cat. Indoor cats typically live longer than those who live outside. You can exercise your cat by playing with it.
If you have a cat with frequent hair ball problems, and brushing has provided no relief, the following tips might be useful. Mix in pumpkin (a teaspoon’s worth) into the cat’s food. You can also mix in a little water from a tuna can with the pumpkin. It is also possible to get help from cat food varieties containing fiber and other ingredients.
Give your cat varieties of dry food whenever possible. Kittens have small teeth so they need soft food. Once they grow adult teeth, they benefit from chewing dry food. Dry food and wet food can also be mixed together for a really finicky cat.
Caring for a cat may appear simple if you luck out and get a cat that doesn’t cause major issues, but many needs lots of TLC, some vet check-ups, and lots of attention. Use what you have learned in the article above and you’ll be a great cat owner who enjoys their pet. The research you have done will pay off in a big way, for both you and your cat!