Cats have interesting personalities. Cats prefer to be near you most of the time. They are very perplexing animals; however, it does feel nice when one is purring on your lap. The following advice will help you care for your pet.
Cats really enjoy squeezing into any and all small spaces. If you keep a collar on your pet, getting stuck in one of these spaces can be very dangerous. Collars designed to release when sufficient force is applied (“breakaway” collars) are a great idea. Using this collar will prevent your cat from injuring itself.
A heated tile can be positioned beneath the bed of a mature cat. You should heat a terra cotta tile with your oven, at about 200 degrees, for around fifteen minutes. Then, wrap this up into a towel and place it underneath your cat’s bed. If you want, you can change it for a newly warmed tile a few hours later.
Make sure you purchase medicines and treatments specifically for cats. Cats will have a reaction that’s negative towards a product made for dogs. Flea products especially. Flea treatments made for a dog can be fatal to a cat. After your dog receives a flea treatment, keep your cat away for at least a few hours.
You can also consider outfitting your cat with a chip so you can monitor its whereabouts. Even indoor cats can decide to run away at a moment’s notice, escaping through an open window. Even if you put a collar or tag on your cat, be careful as they can wiggle out of these very easily and can be dangerous if they get caught on a foreign object like a tree branch. Microchips are very small, approximately as large as a single grain of rice. Although they are small, they can hold your entire contact information. The majority of veterinarians possess scanners that can read your chips. Because these chips are placed underneath your cat’s skin, they won’t get lost.
Male felines tend to get crystals in the urine that can be prevented with proper diet. This problem is painful for the cat and to your wallet, as well. Let your cat have food that doesn’t have a lot of magnesium in it. Check the label. Poultry products will tend to have lower amounts than seafood based products.
Don’t get mad at your cat if it urinates outside the litter box. Most of the time when this happens, it is because you are not taking proper care of the box. Punishments given to the cat will just make him or her less willing to be around its owner going forward.
Canned food is usually the best option for your cat. It is usually more expensive than dry food, but it is more beneficial. It has water content, which is good for cats with bladder issues. If your cat is getting older, canned food is easier to chew as well. Ask your vet for more info, bun in general, canned food is much better for a number of reasons.
Before bringing home a long-haired cat, consider the extra care involved. Long-haired cats are beautiful animals, but keep in mind that they will shed everywhere in your home. Don’t get a long haired cat unless you’re prepared to do a little extra cleaning. Hair balls are also more prevalent in long haired cats.
Make sure you put your catbox in the optimal location. It is tempting to place it out of sight, in order to avoid the image of it or smells that go along with dirty litter. However, the litter box must be kept in a location that is easily accessible for your pet. Understand that cats are extremely picky. If its litter box is not in a convenient location, then your cat might not use it. If the littler box is on cold, hard floor, try placing a rug beneath it.
Take your cat for vaccinations often to make sure he or she is healthy. Not unlike kids, kittens require vaccinations and check ups every so often so that they do not get sick. Your cat is a family member, so treat them like anyone else you love in your home.
Cats are sometimes confusing; they can also be your best friend. Use what you have learned here to ensure that your cat is healthy and happy in your home. If you know how to care for them, cats are unique, enjoyable pets.