There’s nothing quite like the company of a cat, but only if you are a responsible pet owner. Between vet bills, cat food and litter and cat toys, you may need to reconsider if you can afford a cat. These tips will help you own a cat without spending a fortune.
Visit your local shelter if you’re thinking about getting a cat. They have tons of amazing cats who desperately need a home. A cat gets a new chance at life and the cat population stays in check with adoption.
Groom your cat. Cats require frequent brushing or combing. Doing this frequently can help them keep their coat clean. It will also cut down on shedding and hairballs. In order to keep shed hair down to a minimum, plus have a beautiful cat, you must groom your cat regularly.
Cats enjoy finding small spaces to fit into. A collar can become a liability if your cat is especially adventurous. Breakaway collars will “break” if they’re pulled too tight. This could help save your cat if it gets caught in a tight spot.
If your cat is a female, it needs to be spayed when it reaches the appropriate age. Even if you own an indoor cat, it might produce many kittens if it escapes during mating season. Having your cat spayed is the only way to 100 percent prevent accidental litters.
Your cat can devastate your furniture with its claws. Think about a scratching post or kitty tower if your cat’s claws become a problem. When your cat scratches inappropriately, redirect him to the scratching post. This approach takes time, but it usually works.
Think about putting a microchip in your pet. One day, your indoor cat might leave through an open door or get outside through an open window. A collar with tags increases your chances of getting your cat back if it gets lost but it can also be a risk, for instance if it gets snagged in some branches. A microchip will hold the contact information to reach you and it’s only about as big as a piece of rice. Nearly every vet and shelter owns a scanner which can read a microchip, and since they’re implanted, there isn’t a risk of the chip falling out or getting lost.
Do not allow your cat to be bored frequently. Cats need stimulation. A lot of cat owners do not keep their cats busy. Cats that are bored may develop obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, or other issues that can harm their health. Give them plenty of space to roam and provide them with toys to give them some exercise. Indoor cats will be happier if you provide them with climbing resources and practical things such as scratching posts.
If you’re traveling with your cat, take care to remember their ears. You may be tempted to blast your favorite songs at top volume. Cats, on the other hand, would probably prefer that you didn’t. So, keep your volume down, or turn it off to give your cat a better travel experience.
Create a tablecloth just for your cat. Often cats prefer moving food from a bowl onto the floor to eat. This can result in you having to clean up food outside its bowl if you don’t use a tablecloth. The best thing for you to do is to have a place mat underneath the cat’s bowl.
Pets can be expensive to care for, and cats are no exception. Being a cat parent can be labor and time intensive. Fortunately, now that you are more informed by the knowledge presented here, you can save money and enjoy a better cat.