Cats are superbly superior in physical power, agility and alertness to most domesticated animals. They are certainly a very common pet, and you are likely to see many cats in cities, towns, and the countryside. However, it can be a challenge to learn how to live with these creatures. These smart, agile, powerful creatures can be a little hardheaded and require advanced tactics.
If you have a female cat it is important to have her spayed once she becomes old enough. Even if you have an indoor female cat, if it escapes when it’s in heat it could get you a bunch of kittens you weren’t planning on having. You can prevent this by spaying or neutering your cat.
Deter your cat from chewing on inappropriate things by using bitter apple. If the cat likes to chew on cords, its best to cover them as best you can. Any loose cords should be bundled up and placed in things like paper towel rolls. Store electronics when they are not in use rather than leaving them plugged in.
Some cats like to scratch up floors and furniture. If you want to prevent or stop your cat from scratching up your furniture, the best thing to do is buy a scratching post or kitty tower for them to climb in. This can encourage cats to scratch something other than things that are off-limits. Your cat will eventually understand they should only use the post or tower for scratching.
Think about getting a microchip implanted in your cat. Even an indoor cat could someday jump through an open window. Cat collars are a great thing to have in case your cat gets lost, but they also pose a risk if they get caught on something. A microchip about as big as a grain of rice and holds all the contact information your cat needs. Scanners to read pet microchips are available in every town and they will not come out from under the skin.
Your cat most likely spends quite a bit of time grooming. When your cat has long hair, this can cause hairballs. If your cat needs assistance with this problem, consider a special diet. Some foods have special formula for hairball reduction, which will benefit you and your cat.
Online outlets offer better prices for cat medicine than vets. Though, in emergency situations, buying online may not be possible. For more routine situations, saving 50% by buying online is quite possible.
Be cautious when leaving a kitten with children. A child under five should not be left alone with a pet. Little children do not have the necessary skills yet to handle a pet by themselves. Once the child grows up a little, he might be more able to handle the kitten.
Never punish a cat for a mess outside of its box. Improper box care on your part causes the mess, not the cat. If you get mad, they’ll never use the box again.
You cat will not be likely to be a finicky eater if you vary the type of food you are feeding from time to time. When you give the same thing day after day, it becomes boring.
You should install a small drinking fountain for your cat. Cats that live in the wild like drinking from running water, and they have the same desires in a home. Cats react better to a moving water stream. In fact, some cats prefer running sink water to their own water bowls. Drinking fountains are more environmentally-friendly and they let your cat drink naturally.
Now that you’ve read this advice, you should better be able to outsmart your feline companion. Before you know it, they will know where they are and are not allowed. Cats are not easily trained, but it is possible.