If you had the chance to save an animal’s life, would you do it? Many, many cats are waiting for a loving home. It only takes some knowledge and commitment to care for a cat. Read here about how to approach the process properly.
When considering a new pet, make sure you visit the area shelter first. Many shelters have more cats than they can handle and the fees associated with adoption take care of vet visits. When a cat is adopted from an animal shelter it saves its life and it helps control the cat population.
Cats enjoy getting into spaces that are small. There are ways to make sure that their collar does not get stuck. A breakaway collar let’s go if pulled on tightly. This could save your cat’s life if the collar gets caught in some branches.
A tagged collar is essential if you let your cat outside regularly. This way, if your cat gets lost and is found by a stranger, that person will know how to contact you. The tag should have at least the pet’s name and the number where you can be reached.
You may want to have a microchip put into your car. Even a house cat may end up lost outside, no matter how careful you are. 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. Microchips are extremely small, but they can hold all the same information as an identification tag. Most vets and animal shelters will have a microchip scanner and because it’s under the animal’s skin it can never become lost.
Avoid letting your cat get bored. Cats need to exercise and play. Sadly, this can be easily overlooked. Cats who become bored often have issues that can affect them in a big way. Some of these issues are obesity due to eating out of boredom, OCD issues, fighting with other pets and depression. Give them exercise space and a lot of toys. If you have an indoor cat, offer him a variety of toys, scratching post or objects he can climb on.
Cats are nocturnal animals. In other words, they’ll be up and about late into the night. Try closing the door if your cats are keeping you awake at night. This will keep them from pouncing on you and trying to play in the middle of the night.
Anytime you travel with a cat, their ears should be monitored. You may enjoy it, but it could be hurting your cat’s ears. Reduce the volume of the music and keep the windows up; let your cat rest!
Why is your cat meowing? 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. By listening to your cat, it will be easier to know what they want.
Do you have a cat and a dog? Most dogs will not hesitate before munching on your cat’s food. This is why it’s important that the cat’s feeding area is in a spot that’s too high for a dog to get to. This also has the effect of stopping fights over the water before they start.
Being a good cat owner is something to take pride in. You’re making a conscious decision to love an animal and provide it with the care that it needs to survive. You’ll also build a relationship with your pet. Care for it and it will care for you.