Cats are mysterious animals. They are independent but love to love. They may be a confusing animal at times, but you will love it when they jump on your lap and purr. Read on to find out what makes them tick.
Visit your local shelter if you’re thinking about getting a cat. Shelters have lots of great cats available, and your adoption fee often covers key veterinary services. When you adopt a cat from a shelter, you save a life and help keep the cat population under control.
If your cat is female, you need to get it spayed at the proper age. It does not matter if you an indoor cat; if she gets out when in heat, you can end up with many kittens. A spayed cat is a safe cat.
Nice furniture and cat claws don’t get along very well. Purchase a scratching post to stop your cat from destroying your home. This can encourage cats to scratch something other than things that are off-limits. Your cat will eventually understand they should only use the post or tower for scratching.
Don’t allow your cat become bored. Just like dogs, cats need playtime and physical exercise, too. This is sadly overlooked by some cat owners. If your cat is bored, it might develop a depression, obsessive compulsive behaviors or ruin some of your furniture. Give them room to play and a large number of toys. If they’re an indoor cat, get them an object to climb on or a scratching post.
If you have to travel with a cat you should remember their ears. You cat is used to being at home and it might shock him to hear you singing at the top of your lungs. To keep your cat calm and collected over the course of your trip, keep the stereo low – or perhaps off entirely.
Sometimes children get too excited when playing with a new cat and may mishandle them. Teach your kids the right way to hold a cat. Demonstrate how the cat should be petted and handled and encourage your children to be very gentle. Cats have weaker bones than dogs do, and must be treated accordingly.
Set boundaries for your children when it comes to having a cat as a pet. Let them know which rooms and areas your cats should not be in. If your cat is going to be one that stays inside, let the kids know that it’s not allowed outside. It’s important to remind them as often as necessary, and when you plan ahead of time to teach your children, you will less likely to have issues.
If your cat constantly meows, you need to try to figure out why. If you live with a cat for any amount of time, you will soon start to understand what your cat wants when she meows. It could be she’s hungry or needs to go outside. Look for the cues and you’ll be much more in tune with your pet.
Cats are sometimes confusing; they can also be your best friend. Use the advice you have just read to give your cat the care it deserves. Owning a cat is a wonderful experience but you need to make sure that your friends is happy and healthy.