Cats are as much a part of the family as anyone else. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that they don’t get fleas, ticks, and other parasites. They have needs that are different from dogs, and they should not be treated the same way. Continue reading to learn some excellent cat-care tips.
Groom your cat. Brush your cat’s fur often to help it be shiny and healthy. This will help them maintain a clean and healthy coat. It’s also helpful in reducing how much cats shed and how often they spit out those dreaded hairballs. Keeping your cat nicely groomed will keep him and your home looking their best.
You should always bring your cat to a vet to make sure everything is okay. They should get their vaccinations and have a full check up. Always use the same veterinarian if possible. You won’t have to worry that the vet won’t have all of your cat’s medical records.
Cats will try to get into many different crevices. A collar can be a dangerous thing to wear in such a place. 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. Use a terra cotta tile to help relieve your cat’s aches and pains; put it in the oven on low heat – 200 degrees or so – for 15 minutes. Put the tile inside a towel and place it under the cat’s bedding. Switch towels every few hours if you need to.
Regular vet visits are very important for your cat’s health. Cats should go to a vet at least once each year for a check up, and more frequently for required shots. Cats need to see a vet right away if they have health issues, injuries or conditions that require immediate attention.
Avoid letting your cat get bored. Play and exercise are both important for cats’ well-being. The unfortunate thing is that many owners of cats don’t realize this. A bored cat may fall victim to depression, compulsive disorders or issued that can be harmful to their health. Therefore, ensure your cat has enough space for exercising and playing. A scratching post is a valuable toy to put in your home.
You should feed your cat food out of a can. Dry food can be less costly, but there are quite a few benefits to canned food. That’s because this type of food provides your cat with more protein, good fat and water. This food is easier to chew for old cat. Speak with your vet, however generally speaking, canned cat food is better for your cat.
Cats need to play! Of course, all mammals like to play, regardless of age or species. Even older cats love a little play, just not as rough. Enjoy some playtime with your cat.
Prior to adopting any long-haired cat, make sure you understand the extra work involved. The hair looks good, except when it’s all over your furniture. Don’t adopt a cat with long fur unless you’re sure you can handle the extra cleaning. It should also be noted that long haired cats are much more susceptible to hairballs.
The best way to protect your cat is to ensure that it is properly cared for at all times. These vermin will remain with your pet unless you take action. Prevention is often the key to successful treatment. Your furry friend will thank you.