Making Sure Your Cat Gets Enough Exercise

TIP! If you want to add a cat to your family, go to the shelter first to see what is available. There are tons of loving cats there, and the fees often cover the needed vet care.

There’s no denying that pet cats are inquisitive, interesting little creatures. Cats prefer to be near you most of the time. Their odd behaviors might be confusing, but their loving natures are a lot of fun to have around. The following article offers some excellent tips about life with this fuzzy companion.

TIP! Dog products shouldn’t be used on cats. This can irritate your cat or cause an allergic reaction.

Your cat needs to be groomed properly. You have to make sure your cat gets brushed or combed often. Brushing rids your cat’s coat of dirt and helps keep them clean. It also stops hairballs. Brushing your cat will keep your home cleaner, too.

TIP! A lot of cat owners have a hard time keeping their cats off the counter. Cats enjoy going into high places so that they can see what’s going on around the house.

Make sure your cat is regularly visiting the vet for checkups. Cats need to get shots so they don’t get sick and a vet can help you make sure your cat is okay. Try using one veterinarian consistently. This ensures that your vet will have an excellent understanding of your pet’s medical history.

TIP! Prevent crystals from forming in the urine of male cats with the right diet. This problem is painful for the cat and to your wallet, as well.

If you have a female cat it is important to have her spayed once she becomes old enough. Whether or not she typically goes outside, she may escape while in heat and you might have kittens! A spayed cat is a safe cat.

TIP! Understand that cats enjoy being elevated. Your cat will be truly happy if you provide a place for him to view his surroundings.

A tagged collar is essential if you let your cat outside regularly. Cats can go far from home and without a tag they could become lost forever. Be sure the name of your cat and your number can be found on the tag.

TIP! Do not discipline your cat if it makes a mess outside its litter box. When this occurs, it tends to be because the box is not being maintained properly.

Cats are often nocturnal creatures. The result is that cats prefer to be more active during the night. Try closing the door if your cats are keeping you awake at night. You won’t be able to hear their sounds as they walk around in the middle of the night.

TIP! Confine a sanitary area of the house for your cat to give birth. Giving birth to all the kittens can take hours, so you shouldn’t expect things to be over and done with quickly.

Give your cat plenty of love and affection. Cats give us a lot of love, and they deserve to be loved back. Cats are social animals and will thrive when they are included in daily activities and life. They want nothing more than to be an integral part of your family.

TIP! Dogs let you know when they are excited and/or happy when they wag their tails. Cats move their tails too, but it’s not for the same reason.

Some male cats get urinary crystals, but this is preventable with proper diet. Your cat will experience considerable pain when he has to pass these crystals, and it’s not an easy (or cheap) problem for your veterinarian to fix. Choose a low magnesium food. Consult the ingredient list. You will notice that fish-based foods and products are higher in levels of magnesium than anything sourced from poultry.

TIP! Do not use chemicals around your cat that contain phenol. This chemical is present in many household cleaners, such as Pine-Sol and Lysol.

Be sure you think about your cat’s ears when traveling. You may enjoy it, but it could be hurting your cat’s ears. Therefore, keep your music or other sounds at an acceptable level.

TIP! Cats’ powerful olfactory abilities mean that they can smell changes in their home. This may cause issues if they have a new bed, scratching post, or food dish.

Cats are really hard to decipher, but they are definitely loyal pets. Take what you’ve just learned to heart. A well cared for cat can be a true joy and can be the beginning of a great friendship.

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