Felines are mysterious and even magical animals. Their smarts, affectionate nature and sense of independence make them terrific house pets. You do have to take great care of your pet, though. Read on to find out how to properly care for your cat.
Avoid letting your cat get bored. Cats need to exercise and play. Unfortunately, a lot of cat owners neglect this. Bored cats can become depressed and inactive, causing harm to their well-being. Give them exercise space and a lot of toys. Give them a cat tree to play with.
Male felines tend to have a build-up of crystals that present in the urine, so you need to avoid this with proper nutrition. The cat is in pain passing the crystals, and the correction for this is costly. Choose foods low in magnesium for your cat. Check the ingredients list on the label. Products including fish have a higher magnesium content then poultry based products.
Put your cat’s food on a tablecloth. Sometimes cats prefer to remove food from their bowls and eat it from the floor. This creates extra work since you must then clean up the leftover loose food. There are two ways to do this. You can either put a placemat under the food bowl or use some stray fabric that you have lying around. Either way, you can easily get rid of debris by dumping them in the garbage.
Reconsider outside time for your cat. There are many dangers to your cat outside. You cat can get fleas and contract diseases. It could be injured via a vehicle or another animal. If you allow your cat outside, make sure you live in a reasonably safe area.
When your cat makes a mess somewhere other than their litter box, don’t get mad. Your cat probably did not use the litter box because it is not well taken care of. Punishing your cat will make it afraid of being close to you.
Let your cat get comfortable using a carrier. Introducing your cat to a carrier as a kitten can really help to make this easier. Positive reinforcement is a better training tool for cats. Take their favorite blanket and place it within the carrier. Then leave the carrier with the door ajar in a frequented spot. The cat will enter it on its own. A cat who is used to a carrier will not mind traveling, meaning it will be a much less stressful experience for them.
To avoid having a picky cat, switch up the kinds of foods you give him. Cats who eat the same food day after day either grow tired of it, or it becomes the only food that they will eat.
Don’t buy cheap cat food. Look at ingredient lists, making sure that a protein source, such as beef, chicken or fish, is at the top of the list. Don’t feed your cat food that includes corn or other fillers. Since cats are carnivorous, they require animal protein to stay in the best health.
If your cat is urinating a lot or in areas away from the litter box, they may need to see the vet. Cats sometimes behave like this if they have a urinary infection or other medical problem. Affordable antibiotics can quickly resolve the problem.
Cats are very unique animals, and as long as you educate yourself on their behaviors, they can make incredible pets. Study these tips carefully. Put the tips into practice today, then watch your feline companions thrive and grow in a healthy way.