Cats are an integral part of any household. T.S. Eliot once said that households depend on cats, and there may be some truth to this. A home can benefit from a healthy, good cat. Unfortunately, cats aren’t the easiest pets to live with. Keep reading for some valuable tips on cat care.
If you want to have the love of a cat, get one from a shelter. Shelters all over the country are crowded with marvelous cats, and most provide veterinarian care with the adoption fee. Rescuing a cat can end up making a big difference in both of your lives.
Cats often view small spaces as a fun challenge. If your cat is such a curious one, wearing a collar is a safety risk, as your feline might get stuck because of it while exploring. Put a breakaway collar on instead. This will help you save your cat’s life.
Make sure you purchase medicines and treatments specifically for cats. Cats are not the same as dogs, and products meant for dogs can make cats very ill. Flea products can be especially harmful. Using dog flea products on your cat can kill them. Once you use flea prevention products on your dog, it should be kept separately from the cat for hours.
If you have an outdoor kitty, make sure to invest in a break away collar with an identification tag. Cats sometimes travel a bit when outside, and a tag prevents any mishaps due to your cat being lost. At the very least, you should include your contact info and the name of your cat on the tag.
Consider having your cat fitted with a microchip. Even an indoor cat could someday jump through an open window. Cat collars are a great thing to have in case your cat gets lost, but they also pose a risk if they get caught on something. Your name and the best way to contact you can be encoded on the chip, which is tiny. Most vets and animal shelters will have a microchip scanner and because it’s under the animal’s skin it can never become lost.
You should never allow your cat to be bored all the time. Cats need play and exercise like other pets. A lot of cat owners do not keep their cats busy. Boredom can beget illness. Give them exercise space and a lot of toys. Provide them with an indoor climbing area or scratching post.
It’s often cheaper to buy medicine for your cat on the Internet instead of through your vet. If it’s an emergency, buying online may not be an option. If you are buying cat medicine often, you can usually save up to 50% online.
Speak with other cat owners about any issues you may be having. It is possible to work out the problem yourself, but help from others can be invaluable. There are many online forums that discuss cats. Most vets will also be happy to help you with some advice.
There are great benefits which come from owning a cat. No matter how active your cat is, there is always room to improve our relationship with your pet. You’ll hear less meowing and more purring then.