Cats are very curious. They seem so independent, but they like your company as well. This may seem confusing at times, but a purring cat sitting on your lap is one of the best things you can experience. The following advice will help you care for your pet.
Contact local shelters if you want to adopt a cat. Shelters have lots of great cats available, and your adoption fee often covers key veterinary services. A cat gets a new chance at life and the cat population stays in check with adoption.
Keep your older cat comfortable by placing a heated tile underneath its bed. You should heat a terra cotta tile with your oven, at about 200 degrees, for around fifteen minutes. Put the tile inside a towel and place it under the cat’s bedding. If you want, you can change it for a newly warmed tile a few hours later.
If your cat is female, you need to get it spayed at the proper age. 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. Spray your cat so that this does not occur.
Don’t allow your cat become bored. They need exercise and they get it through play. Unfortunately, a lot of cat owners neglect this. Cats who become bored often have issues that can affect them in a big way. Some of these issues are obesity due to eating out of boredom, OCD issues, fighting with other pets and depression. Provide them with space to exercise and lots of toys to play with. If your cats are kept inside, set up a carpet lined scratching pad or post. There are many climbing structures that can be purchased or made for cats who enjoy heights.
Avoid leaving a kitten alone with small children. A child under five should not be left alone with a pet. Young children are not yet mature enough to realize what behaviors are dangerous to a cat. When children get a little older, they develop the skills needed to be around small animals.
Use a brush on your cat regularly. This can help spread their fur’s natural oils around and stimulate blood flow to their skin. It is also a good way to reduce shedding. This avoids the hairball problem, which may lead to choking and a buildup of hair in the stomach.
Be sure to carrier train your cat. You cannot punish a cat the same way you would a dog. Instead, cats are more likely to respond to words of encouragement. Put the carrier in a comfortable place and fill it with treats and toys. The cat will be drawn to the carrier, where it will feel safe and comfy. This makes transporting much easier.
Plan on spending the money for good cat food that contains the nutrients that your cat needs. Look at ingredient lists, making sure that a protein source, such as beef, chicken or fish, is at the top of the list. Look for foods that do not have corn or elements that aren’t protein. Cats are carnivores so it is important for them to get enough animal protein in their diet.
You should give your cat at least three weeks to grow used to the presence of a new animal. Expect to see your cats avoid each other, hiss, or even confront one another. After the initial period though, they should start to settle and begin to get along like old friends.
A long-haired cat comes with a great deal of extra care. All that hair will be literally everywhere. Unless you are prepared to do more cleaning, don’t buy a long haired cat. It should also be noted that long haired cats are much more susceptible to hairballs.
Cats can be odd birds at times, but their loyalty is unmatched. Work with these tips found here to make their everyday lives as good as they can be. Healthy and happy cats that are loved by owners are good friends to live with.