Poet T.S. Eliot once made a quote about cats. Eliot called cats creatures that households depend upon, and that is somewhat true. A cat that is healthy and well-behaved can be great for any household. Unfortunately, cats can be hard to live with sometimes. The tips below will help you enjoy your cat as much as possible.
Taking your cat in for regular check-ups at the veterinarian’s office is part of being a responsible pet owner. Cats need special shots to keep them from getting sick, and the veterinarian will check your cats overall health. Do your best to keep the same vet for your pet’s entire life. This helps make sure your vet knows your cat’s history.
Cats enjoy getting into small spaces. A collar can become a liability if your cat is especially adventurous. A breakaway style collar will literally “break away” if pulled too tight. Using this collar will prevent your cat from injuring itself.
Don’t use dog products on your cats ever. Cats are not the same as dogs, and products meant for dogs can make cats very ill. Flea products can be especially harmful. Your cat may die if you use dog flea products on it. Once you use flea prevention products on your dog, it should be kept separately from the cat for hours.
Cats feel safest in an elevated location. Allow them the space they need to feel safe while checking their world out. If you can’t afford a cat tree, give the cat an empty shelf of his own. To make it really special, put a bed or blanket up there too.
Brush your pet often. The act of brushing helps the coat become glossy, and it helps stimulate the skin. It can also reduce the amount of loose hair they have. Loose hair causes hairballs, a common problem for cats. The hair enters the pet’s stomach and they later cough it up.
Never reprimand your cat for missing the litter box. Usually this is a sign that you haven’t cleaned the box recently. If the cat is punished for this, they may become afraid of being around you.
Be sure to carrier train your cat. Punishment affects cats differently from dogs. Encouragement is more likely to get them to respond. You should place a toy or a blanket inside the carrier and place it in an area where it will be noticed by your cat. Eventually, the cat will go into the carrier naturally and feel comfortable. Transporting the carrier with your cat inside makes your next trip out much easier.
Feed your cat a few different varieties of food. This can help him not get too finicky. If you start them off eating the same type of food all of the time and you never change it up, this will most likely be the only food they will eat in the future.
Buy your cat a fountain to drink from. In nature, a cat prefers to drink from running streams. House cats prefer this as well. Cats will respond more positively to streams of water. Really, there are many cats that would much prefer to drink from a running sink faucet as opposed to their own bowl. A drinking fountain will be good for the environment and can help the cat to enjoy its water more.
Your cat needs to always wear some tags on a collar. Even if yours is an indoor cat, this is still an important safety measure. Cats are inquisitive and will explore an open door or window if it is presented to them. It is a good idea to include your own phone number along with the name and contact number of your veterinarian. This is particularly important if you have a cat with medical needs.
If you just own one cat but are considering obtaining another one, then you should ensure you allow a few weeks for your old cat and new one to become familiar with each other. In the early days, you may see a lot of posturing from the cats including hissing and swatting at each other. With enough time to acclimate themselves to the new arrangement, though, virtually any two cats will become willing, friendly, and perhaps even inseparable companions.
Is there cat hair everywhere? When a cat sheds a lot, brushing is very important. Cats that shed a lot need to be brushed more frequently. This will ensure your cat’s coat is tangle-free and not matted.
If kitty won’t use the litter box, try moving it. Cats perceive using the bathroom as an activity that makes them vulnerable, so moving the litter box to a less-trafficked area means your cat is more likely to use it. Great suggestions include your basement and laundry room.
While owning a cat isn’t always easy, the reward is great. If you have an active cat, or one more on the laid back side, the tips in this article can help you get along better with your pet. Those meows will be replaced with purrs in short order.