There was a famed poet once that enjoyed cats. Eliot once described cats as a creature on which a household depends, and there’s definitely some truth in his words. Well-behaved, healthy cats are great for any home. Sadly, cats can be difficult to live with sometimes. These tips can help you and your cat exist better together.
Regular visits to the vet will preserve your cat’s health. They should have a routine check-up once a year or more if important shots are due. Cats should visit the vet right away if they are having any issues.
Be cautious about using canine products on your feline friend. Cats will react very negatively to any products intended for dogs. One product in particular to pay close attention to is any remedy for fleas and ticks. Dog flea prevention products will kill your cat. In fact, your cat should be kept away from your dog for several hours after the dog has been treated for fleas.
Don’t allow your cat become bored. Every cat needs exercise time and play! Many owners just don’t have time. Cats that are bored may develop obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, or other issues that can harm their health. Give them plenty of room to exercise and a wide selections of toys. Give them a cat tree to play with.
If you get a cat for your kids, make sure to set clear boundaries in advance. Make sure the children know where the cat is and is not allowed to roam. If your have an indoor-only cat, be sure the kids understand that the cat is not to go outside. If you make the rules ahead of time, you can be sure your kids understand them.
Are you a cat and dog owner? That dog will really love stalking (and eating) that cat food. Consider placing the cat food on a location away from where the dog can reach. The added benefit is that you will prevent fights over the other animals food and water when one of them runs out.
You should not get rid of your cat’s old scratching post. When it is in this condition, cats tend to like it the most. If you toss it away in favor of something newer, your cat may look for something older to scratch, and that may end up being your furniture.
Make sure your cat is always wearing a collar with proper identification tags. This is important even if your pet lives indoors. Cats are endlessly curious and may head out an open door or window. The identification tags should contain your home phone number and the number for your veterinarian. Include your cat’s special diet or medical needs on his identification.
Long-haired cats require more care than their short-haired comrades. While the long hair on a cat is beautiful, it doesn’t look so beautiful all over your home. Only choose a cat with long hair if you can clean up after it consistently. Be prepared to deal with hairballs, which are a problem for long-haired cats.
Owning a cat is not something that can be simple, but it is rewarding. No matter what type of cat you have, these tips will assist you in a more positive experience with your pet. If you have a happy cat, you will probably be happy too!