The care and companionship you provide for your cat can improve its quality of life. In some cases, it can even save a life! Millions upon millions of cats are searching for a home. The only thing you need to do is bring one home and take good care of it, something the tips below will help you do.
Check out your local shelter if you are thinking about getting a cat. There are so many great cats at shelters. The fee you will have to pay typically includes vet care. Rescuing a cat can end up making a big difference in both of your lives.
Properly groom your cat. They need to be brushed every day. If you brush cats on a regular basis, it will keep their coats clean and attractive. It’s also helpful in reducing how much cats shed and how often they spit out those dreaded hairballs. If you groom your cat with care, both your pet and your home will look their best.
If you own a female cat, make sure the cat is spade when she’s old enough. If an indoor cat gets out, you may soon have kittens. Your best bet is to have your female cat spayed.
A microchip for your cat is something that you should really consider. Even indoor cats may get out of your home at some point. Cats can get out of a collar or, worse, have that collar choke them to death. Microchips are very small, approximately as large as a single grain of rice. Although they are small, they can hold your entire contact information. Most vets and all shelters can scan these chips to get your contact information and there is no risk of losing the chip.
Male cats may develop crystals in the urine, which usually occur as a result of a poor diet. The cat is in pain passing the crystals, and the correction for this is costly. Give your cat foods that are low in magnesium. Just as in the grocery store, take the time to read the labels. Fish products can have more magnesium when compared to poultry.
If you want to let your cat outside, think again. The outside world is very dangerous for cats. Cats can become infected with fleas, ticks and ringworm. Cats can be harmed by cars, people and other animals. If you still insist your cat be able to go outside, then do so in the fenced backyard.
Do you own both a dog and a cat? Dogs will generally try to eat the cat’s food whenever the opportunity comes along. This is why it is necessary to have two separate feeding areas. This will also prevent squabbles between them.
Canned food is usually the best option for your cat. While dry food is less expensive, canned food is healthier. Your cat will get extra protein and fats from canned food along with some of the water it needs every day. It’s easier for older cats to chew as well. Speak with the vet, but food in cans tends to be better.
Being a good cat owner is something to take pride in. Opening your home to someone in need is a selfless act, whether it is a person or an animal. You’re making a friend for the duration of their life. Care for it and it will care for you.