Cats are one of the most popular pets in the world, loved by millions of people. In most cities, a massive feline population exists split evenly between feral outdoors cats and well-kept household pets. Use the information from this article to help guide you along your pet care journey.
Never use any product intended for dogs on a cat. Products designed for dogs or other animals could cause a negative reaction from your cat. This will especially be true if it’s a product for fleas. Flea treatments made for a dog can be fatal to a cat. In fact, your cat should be kept away from your dog for several hours after the dog has been treated for fleas.
You may want to have a microchip implanted in your cat. Even an indoor cat could someday jump through an open window. Although they provide the information needed to find your beloved pet, they can also accidentally get caught or even be wiggled out of. You can use a microchip instead; you can store your contact information in the chip and it will not bother your cat. They are impossible for your pet to lose, and most vets and shelters have equipment that can read these chips.
Crystals form in urine from male cats. This can be prevented with good food choices. These are very painful and expensive to treat. Food with a low magnesium content will help. Read the labels. Fish-based foods usually contain more magnesium than poultry-based foods.
Understand that leaving a small kitten together with small children can be dangerous to both. Children under five years of age should not be left alone with a kitten. Kids of this age aren’t old enough to know how dangerous a cat can be. When children get a little older, they develop the skills needed to be around small animals.
Cats like to be high up to see the surrounding area. For a truly happy cat, provide a safe place for your cat to survey his surroundings. If a cat tree is not in your future, providing a stable shelving unit with no small items on it will do very well. Put a blanket on it so they can rest peacefully.
Speak to other people if you’re having cat troubles. Though you want to handle problems on your own, you may require advice from others who own cats. The Internet will allow you to contact many forums and online communities for cat owners. Don’t forget, your vet’s office can also provide sound advice.
It should now be possible for you to come out of your house and fight any stray cats that are trying to invade your yard. If left unchecked, stray cats can do a lot of damage. Be wary handling or trying to remove feral cats from your yard. Do your best to be a considerate and responsible cat owner.