T.S. Eliot, the famed poet, once likened cats to creatures that a household depends on, the there is some truth behind his words. He said households depend on cats, which is sort of true. A healthy, well behaved cat can be a boon to any household. However, cats can at times be difficult to have around. These tips can help you and your cat exist better together.
If you plan on getting a cat for a pet, try looking into a local shelter. Sometimes, you may find the cat of your dreams at a shelter. When you adopt a cat from a shelter, you save a life and help keep the cat population under control.
You should always bring your cat to a vet to make sure everything is okay. Your vet can give you an idea of your cat’s overall health, in addition to administering any shots it may need. Try to keep the same vet during the life of your pet. This helps make sure your vet knows your cat’s history.
If you have an old cat, you can help make its bed more comfortable by placing heated tiles underneath it. Use a 12″ terra cotta tile and heat it by putting it in a 200ºF oven for 20 minutes. Wrap it tightly in a towel and place it under the cat bed. Switch towels every few hours if you need to.
If you own a female cat, it’s crucial to spay it at the appropriate age. It does not matter if you an indoor cat; if she gets out when in heat, you can end up with many kittens. Unless you want the hassle of getting rid of kittens, spaying is the best option for your cat.
Don’t use dog portions for your cat. Your cat will have a bad reaction to anything that has been specifically formulated for a dog. This happens a lot with flea products. These dog flea products can even cause feline death. In fact, your cat should be kept away from your dog for several hours after the dog has been treated for fleas.
Nice furniture and cat claws don’t get along very well. Buy a scratching post if you need to protect the furniture in your home. Redirect your cat to the scratching post when they start to go after your furniture. Catnip can be put in the posts or on the tower to help train the cat to use it. It may take some time, but will be worth the effort and expense.
It isn’t always easy being a cat owner, but it’s definitely rewarding. No matter how active or lazy your cat may be, the advice you have read will help the two of you get along better. If you have a happy cat, you will probably be happy too!