When they take in a cat for the first time, many families run into challenges they never considered beforehand. When one adopts unprepared, bad things can happen. Even if you are an experienced cat owner, there are always things you can learn to take better care of your cat. Using these tips is a great solution to help you get prepared for what to expect in owning a cat.
Any drape cords should be hidden so the cat cannot grab hold of them. Keep the cat away from these cords as they tend to form loops when the cat is playing around, and it could accidentally go around their neck and strangle them. This could kill them. Pin back drape cords to avoid this type of issue.
If your cat is getting older, you can increase it’s comfort by placing its bed over a heated tile. Place a tile made of terra cotta or a similar material in an oven heated to 200 degrees for around 15 to 20 minutes. Wrap it tightly in a towel and place it under the cat bed. If you want, you can change it for a newly warmed tile a few hours later.
Spritz a little bitter apple on electrical cords to protect your cats. You can also cover your cords under a rug or tape them to walls. You can bundle loose cords together and place them inside paper towel rolls. If you have electrical cords laying out that are not being used, put them away as cats can play with them and then move on to live electrical cords.
Create a tablecloth just for your cat. Cats will sometimes pluck food from the bowl and enjoy it straight off the ground. If this occurs, you will have a mess on your hands. An easier way to do that is to either buy a placemat and put it underneath the cat bowl, or to cut a bit of fabric to use as a tablecloth that you can pick up and wash or shake over the garbage can.
Think over whether or not you should let your cat go outdoors. It is dangerous in today’s society. You cat can get fleas and contract diseases. Your cat might be injured by people, other animals and even vehicles on the road. If you must let your cat outside, do so in a very small area of your backyard or lawn.
You can tap fellow cat owners for advice if you’re having problems with your pet. You may wish to deal with it alone, but you may need advice from other cat owners. You can also go on the Web and ask your question in a forum.
Brush your pet often. This will spread a cat’s oils from their fur and help blood flow from within their skin. It’ll also remove all that loose hair. Hairballs can be prevented this way, which often lead to choking. There will be little need for self grooming and hair build up.
If possible, always choose canned cat food. Yes, dry food is cheaper, but canned food really has a lot more benefits. There is more water in canned food and more protein and fat too. It is easier for older cats to chew. Ask your vet for more info, bun in general, canned food is much better for a number of reasons.
Prior to adopting any long-haired cat, make sure you understand the extra work involved. All that hair will be literally everywhere. Do not choose a long-haired cat unless you can commit to the added cleanup. Also, give them the right food which is anti-hairball.
Are you overwhelmed by cat hair? Cats can shed quite a bit; therefore, it’s important that you maintain proper grooming habits by brushing them often. When you see them shedding more than normal, that’s a great time to brush them. This will lessen the amount of hair around your home and it will keep them from getting knots in their hair if they have medium or long hair.
Do your best to keep your cat as healthy as possible and take it to the vet regularly. Just like with having kids, young cats need to be checked on to see if they’re doing okay from time to time. It also needs its shots so that you can avoid problems later on down the road. Your cat is a member of your family, so treat them like any valued member of your home.
The tips contained here are great for any cat. You have learned basic information that makes raising a cat much easier. Remember though, everyone’s cat and circumstances are different requiring certain adjustments. Remember to have plenty of fun and give your cat plenty of love and attention.