Cats have interesting personalities. They can ignore you for hours, only to suddenly demand your undivided attention. Through all the confusion, you cannot overstate the joy of a purring, happy cat. Use these tips to understand your feline friend.
Make sure your cat is always groomed. You have to make sure your cat gets brushed or combed often. If you do this often, their coat will stay clean. It can cut down on shedding and spitting up hairballs, too. Keeping your cat nicely groomed will keep him and your home looking their best.
Cats are curious by nature, which can end up getting them into trouble. If they’ve got a collar on, this may put them in danger as it can get stuck. Collars designed to release when sufficient force is applied (“breakaway” collars) are a great idea. This can keep your cat alive.
If you’d like to make an elderly cat’s bed more comfy, stick a heated tile beneath its bed. You can heat a terracotta tile in the oven at 200 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Cover with a small blanket or towel, then place it beneath your pet’s bed. If you want, change it now and then so the warmth continues.
It’s not easy convincing your pet that the kitchen counter is a no-cats zone. Cats enjoy high places so they can see what is happening around them. Provide your cat with a few high places it can uses. An excellent tool for preventing your cat from jumping on the counter is a cat tower that is in the kitchen.
Think about putting a microchip in your pet. Even an indoor cat can get the urge to run out of a door or leap through a 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. A teeny microchip can hold your contact information. The chip will never be lost because it is under the skin and it can easily be read by any shelter or vet.
Try to figure out the cause if you find your cat meowing excessively. After a while, you’ll start to recognize what some of the noises your cats makes mean. She will let you know when her demands are for food or when you need to let her out. Getting to know your cats cues will help you to interpret her meows.
Think twice before letting your cat outside. This can be something that isn’t very safe for a cat. Cats can become infected with fleas, ticks and ringworm. There’s the chance that your pet could be harmed by other animals or passing vehicles. If you’ve just got to have the cat outdoors, limit it to an enclosed area.
Do you have dogs and cats? Dogs will eat cat food right up. Feed your pets in different areas of the house, and monitor them while they eat. This can prevent squabbles over water when their food is gone.
Cats love high spots. To make your cat really happy, give it a place to safely survey its area. If you don’t want a large cat tree in your home, a sturdy shelf cleared of breakables will work in a pinch. You can also add a small bed or blanket at the top.
Get a drinking fountain for your cat. Cats like running water in the wild, as well as in the home. Normally, cats much prefer water that comes out in a stream. Cats often like the running water more than their own bowl of water. A fountain will allow your cat to drink like he or she is in the wild.
If you notice your cat urinating more frequently or outside his litter box, then it might be time to see the vet. They’re trying to tell you something is wrong. Affordable antibiotics can quickly resolve the problem.
If you desire a long-haired cat, it’s best to know what kind of care is involved before you do so. Cats are beautiful with hair that is long and silky. Your clothes, floors and furniture aren’t. Realize the extra effort needed to keep a long-haired cat. Long-haired cats are also more prone to hairballs.
If your cat stops using the litter box suddenly, take note. Health problems may be causing your cat to urinate in places other than their litter box. Kidney, bladder and infection issues can make this occur. Ask your vet if your cat begins missing the litter box.
Dogs will wag their tails often to show their owners that they’re excited to see them. While cats are also prone to tail wagging, they do it for very different reasons. Tail wagging in a cat usually means he is thinking of attacking or running away. If you are petting your cat and its tail begins to wag vigorously, stay away from the cat. It may be ready to attack you.
Your feline friend should always wear a collar and tags with your name and contact information. Even if they’re an indoor cat, they may get out. It is important that you provide a way that they can get back home if that should happen.
Cats can be perplexing, but they can also be wonderful friends. Take what you’ve just learned to heart. Healthy and happy cats that are loved by owners are good friends to live with.