Popular poet T.S. Eliot once described cats as a creature on which a household depends, and there’s definitely some truth in his words. A cat who is healthy and behaves well can be a great companion, and he can be an asset to any home. Unfortunately, some cats do not fit this “perfect” mold. These tips can help you and your cat exist better together.
Make sure that your cat is well groomed. Cats have to be brushed or combed on a regular basis. If you brush cats on a regular basis, it will keep their coats clean and attractive. It also reduces their shedding and hairballs. Regularly grooming your cat will help keep it and your home looking great.
Cats often view small spaces as a fun challenge. If your cat wears a collar they might get hurt, and stuck. A breakaway collar is a good option since it will break if your cat pulls on it. A collar like this could save your cat’s life.
If you have an outside cat, you need to give it a collar and some identification tags. Cats can range far from your home and the tag will help them find their way home. The tag should contain your name and number for contact purposes.
Most cats prefer to be mostly nocturnal. They are often active at nighttime. Close your bedroom door if your cat is driving you nuts at night. Your cat will not bother you in the middle of the night if this area is off limit.
Male cats sometimes have crystals in their urine, but this can be prevented with the right cat food. Passing such crystals is a painful experience for your cat, and your wallet isn’t going to enjoy the vet bill. To stop this from happening, make sure your cat’s food doesn’t have much magnesium in it. Consult the ingredient list. Poultry products will tend to have lower amounts than seafood based products.
When your cat accompanies you on a trip, remember to consider the health of their ears. They don’t want to hear you singing at the top of your lungs. Keep your music off, and talk to your cat instead.
Think hard before allowing your cat outside. It can be unsafe. They may acquire fleas or much worse things. Other animals, cars and people can hurt your cat. If you allow your cat outside, make sure you live in a reasonably safe area.
Regularly brush your cat’s hair. This will help stimulate blood flow. It is also a good way to reduce shedding. This helps prevent hairballs, which can lead to choking and other health issues.
Canned food is usually the best option for your cat. While dry food is less costly, the canned food has added benefits. Canned food generally provides more nutrients, protein and fat as well as liquids. For older feline’s, it’s also quite a lot easier to chew. You should ask your vet for some recommendations if you are not sure what kind of food to get.
Every cat loves to have lots of play time. Playing is an activity that is very popular with mammals of any age, and this includes cats and people. Though older cats don’t have as much energy, they still need some play. Have as much fun time with your cat as possible.
Have your cat vaccinated as often as your vet prescribes. Your cat needs to get some shots regularly to prevent different illnesses and parasites. A cat is a member of the family, and therefore, is entitled to the same treatment as other loved ones.
Nothing about being a pet owner is simple. Whether a cat jumps all over the house or sleeps all day, these tips can better your bond with them. With any luck, you will hear more purrs and less meows.