Cats are truly magical creatures. They are intelligent and independent, while being loving. However, taking care of your feline friend is not to be taken lightly. Keep reading to find out how to learn more about taking good care of your cat.
If you’re thinking of getting a cat for a pet, you should look to the local shelter. Shelters have lots of great cats available, and your adoption fee often covers key veterinary services. A cat gets a new chance at life and the cat population stays in check with adoption.
If you have a female cat it is important to have her spayed once she becomes old enough. Even if she spends her time indoors, it is possible for her to escape while in heat, causing an unwanted pregnancy. Spaying the feline is really the optimal way of dealing with this.
Make sure your cat sees a vet regularly to maintain their good health. They should go at least once yearly for a check-up, and more often if they need any shots. When the cat seems to be acting abnormally, take it to the vet immediately.
Do not use dog products on your cat. Cats are not the same as dogs, and products meant for dogs can make cats very ill. Flea products can be especially harmful. Products used for flea prevention in dogs can be very harmful to your cat. If your dog has been treated for fleas, keep him away from your cat for at least three hours.
Use bitter apple on your electric cords to keep your kitty away from them. Cat can sometimes chew on cords, and they should be covered to prevent this. You can do this by bundling them and tucking them in the cardboard rolls that are used for paper towels. 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.
Microchip your cat. Even cats who live completely indoors may someday decide to bolt out the door or escape out of a window. A collar and identification tags can help bring your pet back to you. But experts point out that collars that do not snap apart quickly if your cat gets it caught on a branch or even a bush can accidentally strangle your cat. A microchip about as big as a grain of rice and holds all the contact information your cat needs. Most shelters have a scanner that can pick up the facts located inside the chip.
Do not allow your cat to be bored frequently. Cats need stimulation. Sometimes, cat owners don’t realize this. Bored cats tend to develop emotional and mental disorders that may negatively impact their health. Give them enough space to exercise in, with fun toys to keep them entertained. If you have an indoor cat, provide a kitty gym for them to climb on or a scratching post.
You might find that your cat sleeps all day and wants to be active at night. Your cat will probably be very active during the night. If your busy kitties are keeping you up into the wee hours, try simply closing your bedroom door. This will reduce the frequency that they wake you up.
Make sure that you never neglect your cat. They want warm companionship since that’s what they provide to you. Like humans, cats want to feel wanted and needed. Make them feel at home.
Male cats often develop crystals in their bladder that come out in their urine. This can be prevented with a proper diet. These crystals can cause a lot of pain to your cat and could end up costing you a lot in medical expenses. Your cat’s food should be low in magnesium. Check the ingredients list on the label. Foods that contain fish usually have more magnesium.
The unique and intelligent cat makes a great pet if you educate yourself about how to care for it. Take the time to absorb the insights you have learned here. Then put your new knowledge to use.