Cats are curious by nature. They act like they don’t need you; however, they enjoy being around you. Cats may be confusing, but having them purring on your lap is priceless. These ideas can help with your cat friend.
Make sure you keep all the recommended appointments with your cat’s veterinarian. Cats need yearly shots and overall health assessments. Try to stay with the same veterinarian throughout your pet’s life. This helps make sure your vet knows your cat’s history.
Cats can really scratch up your home. If your couch is starting to look like it’s been put through a shredder, it’s time to invest in a nice scratching post or cat tower. They can scratch this instead. Sooner or later, they’ll love to use it.
You may want to have a microchip implanted in your cat. Even an indoor cat can get the urge to run out of a door or leap through a window. A collar with tags increases your chances of getting your cat back if it gets lost but it can also be a risk, for instance if it gets snagged in some branches. A microchip is tiny, similar in size to a single rice grain and capable of holding plenty of information. The chip will never be lost because it is under the skin and it can easily be read by any shelter or vet.
Make sure your cat is not too bored. Cats need to play and get regular exercise. A lot of cat owners do not keep their cats busy. A lack of stimulation can lead to psychological or medical problems for your cat, including depression, compulsive disorders, and chronic misbehavior. Give them time and space where they can exercise and toys they can play with. If you have an indoor cat, offer him a variety of toys, scratching post or objects he can climb on.
Most cats prefer to be mostly nocturnal. This means nighttime is an active time for your cat. If your cat is keeping you up at night, you should close the door to your bedroom. This can keep them from waking you up at night and from pouncing on feet under the blankets.
Receiving plenty of positive, loving attention is important for your cat. Cats need companionship as much as we do. Like humans, cats want to feel wanted and needed. Make her feel like she is part of your family.
Cats will often devote most of their time to grooming. Long hair encourages hairballs. One way to alleviate this condition in your cat is by feeding him special food. There are foods on the market for cats that specifically deal with the hairball problems and are good for the cat.
Set boundaries for your children when it comes to having a cat as a pet. Explain where the cat is and isn’t allowed. If you want your cat to stay indoors, then the children must understand the seriousness of never letting it out. If your children know the rules beforehand, mishaps are less likely.
Do your best to determine why your cat is meowing. When your cat is a member of the family, their sounds start to become familiar to you. This makes it easy to determine what various meows might mean. The cat might want something to eat, or just to go outside. Listen to what’s she’s trying to tell you, and you’ll begin to understand her cues.
Avoid spending too much time trying to train your cat to utilize its litter box. This is something that comes naturally and is not learned. A lot of people think that rubbing a cat’s paws in its litter box may help them, but in reality, it can be damaging to them.
Cats are very interesting creatures and you could spend the rest of your life trying to figure them out. Use what you have learned here to ensure that your cat is healthy and happy in your home. If you know how to care for them, cats are unique, enjoyable pets.