Any time you have a new pet, you are likely to face a variety of unique challenges. These challenges can also arise after many years with a cat. When one adopts unprepared, bad things can happen. Some problems come even with total preparation. This will ensure you know all you can for a great relationship.
Keep your drape cords out of your cats reach. If your cat plays with looped drape cords, they could get caught around its neck, which presents a suffocation hazard. This is an extreme choking hazard and should be prevented at all costs. Keep all drape cords out of reach as a preventative measure.
Cats often view small spaces as a fun challenge. If your cat gets caught on something wearing a traditional collar they could end up hurting their neck trying to break free. Breakaway collars are made to come off if tugged on vigorously. This can help to save a couple of your cat’s nine lives.
Make sure your cat has a collar and tag if outside. Cats love to roam, so you need to give someone who finds your cat a way to contact you. Be sure the name of your cat and your number can be found on the tag.
It’s important that you don’t forget your cat and allow them to become bored too easily. Cats require physical activity. Unfortunately there are too many cat owners who don’t properly exercise their cats. A bored cat may fall victim to depression, compulsive disorders or issued that can be harmful to their health. Spend time playing with them, and go through a variety of toys to find ones they like and will play with while you’re busy, too. If they stay indoors make sure they have a scratching post for climbing.
Your cat needs to be shown lots of love. Cats are looking for a response in kind in exchange for all of the friendly companionship they offer to humans. Cats have a need to communicate with others to show they are part of the family. They’ll know they are accepted as members of the family if they get plenty of loving attention.
These tips should be useful whether you have a Siamese kitten or an old Bengal. Though certain aspects of having a cat remain the same, all cats differ, so what applies to one may not apply to another. Enjoy your new cat!