Cats are known for great curiosity. They can ignore you for hours, only to suddenly demand your undivided attention. Cats are confusing, but a purring cat can be very comforting. The following advice will help you care for your pet.
Drape cords should be kept distant from cats. You should not allow your cat to play with drape cords since they could end up with the cord wrapped around their neck. This can definitely hurt them, and it could even kill them. Make sure that the cords are completely out of sight.
You may want to have a microchip put into your car. Even cats who live completely indoors may someday decide to bolt out the door or escape out of a 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. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. Nearly all veterinarians and shelters now have scanners capable of reading the information on these chips, and since they are under the skin, there is no chance of the chip getting lost.
Never let your cat experience frequent boredom. Cats need to play and get regular exercise. This is sadly overlooked by some cat owners. Bored cats can become depressed and inactive, causing harm to their well-being. Therefore, ensure your cat has enough space for exercising and playing. If you have an indoor cat, offer him a variety of toys, scratching post or objects he can climb on.
If your cat is male, understand that he could develop crystals inside his urine, which can be very painful to him. Therefore, prevent this issue from occurring in the first place by feeding your cat the right type of food. It is painful for your cat to pass these crystals and the cost to have this treated by a vet is high. Choose a cat food low in magnesium. Be sure to read the ingredient label. Fish is often high in magnesium compared to chicken.
Do you have both a dog and a cat? That dog will really love stalking (and eating) that cat food. This is why it’s important that the cat’s feeding area is in a spot that’s too high for a dog to get to. This also ensures that there are no squabbles over the water between the two, when the food is gone.
Speak to your peers about your cat issues. You may wish to deal with it alone, but you may need advice from other cat owners. You can find several cat forums online where you can ask questions, or you can choose to simply call your vet for advice too.
Brush your cat often. It helps with blood flow, and it also moves the natural oils around in the fur. It will also minimize hair loss. Doing so reduces the occurrence of hairballs, which are a choking risk. It also benefits the cat’s stomach by reducing the animal’s need to clean itself.
When your cat makes a mess somewhere other than their litter box, don’t get mad. It might be happening because you aren’t caring for the box good enough. It isn’t fair to punish a cat for wanting a clean area to do its business, and you don’t want to make the cat wary of you.
While cats make excellent pets, be prepared to be thrown off balance sometimes! The tips here will help you keep them that way. If you know how to care for them, cats are unique, enjoyable pets.