Although cats make great pets, they can be expensive. Veterinarian bills, cat food, cat toys and kitty litter all add up. The following article will teach you what you need to know about caring for a cat.
Shop at your local pet shelter for your next cat. Many shelters have more cats than they can handle and the fees associated with adoption take care of vet visits. By choosing a cat from an animal shelter, you can do your part to help with overpopulation. Also, you become a lifesaver!
You should always bring your cat to a vet to make sure everything is okay. There are shots and vaccinations that are standard and necessary for your cat. Try keeping the same vet throughout your cat’s life. This ensures that your vet will have an excellent understanding of your pet’s medical history.
A microchip for your cat is something that you should really consider. You never know when your cat could get away from you. Tags and collars may be able to help you get your cat back, but cats can sometimes take these things off or they could get hung up on a tree or something. You can use a microchip instead; you can store your contact information in the chip and it will not bother your cat. Most vets and all shelters can scan these chips to get your contact information and there is no risk of losing the chip.
Don’t allow your cat become bored. It is necessary for them to play and get exercise. Unfortunately there are too many cat owners who don’t properly exercise their cats. Bored cats can suffer from depression, extreme compulsive disorders, and other harmful issues that can negatively impact their overall health and well-being. Give them toys and things to do. Provide them with an indoor climbing area or scratching post.
Give your kitty lots of love. Most cats crave the same warmth and companionship they give their owners. Cats thrive when treated like part of the household, so involve them in daily activities around the house. Cats want to feel loved and needed.
Anytime you travel with a cat, their ears should be monitored. They don’t want to hear you singing at the top of your lungs. To ensure your cat’s trip is pleasant, turn off the music or keep the volume low.
Never reprimand your cat for missing the litter box. The major cause of such accidents is usually because the litter box hasn’t been given the proper care. If your pet is punished, you won’t do anything but make it afraid of you.
Keep you cat’s old scratching post even if it is beginning to look worn. Cats typically like older posts compared to newer posts. If you throw it away too soon, that cat may look to your furniture for some clawing while it slowly breaks in a new scratching post.
Cats are a wonderful creature to share your space with, though they can be pricy. With the amount of care that goes into them, it can be compared with caring for a small child. These tips make it clear that you can care for your cat appropriately while spending less money.