Cats are the most curious of creatures. Cats prefer to be near you most of the time. It really can be confusing, but owning a loving cat is truly incredible. Read on to find out what makes them tick.
Cats like to get into all sorts of small spaces. They can get caught or stuck if they happen to be wearing a collar. Breakaway collars will “break” if they’re pulled too tight. This can save all “nine” of your cat’s lives.
Cats spend lots of time grooming themselves. In long-haired cats, hairballs can result from excess grooming. There are special foods you can buy to try to help with this particular problem. Some foods have special formula for hairball reduction, which will benefit you and your cat.
Avoid bladder crystals and stones by feeding high quality food. Passing those crystals hurts and having this corrected by a vet is expensive. Feed your cat food that is low in magnesium. Be sure to read the ingredient label. Products including fish have a higher magnesium content then poultry based products.
Reconsider having an outdoor cat. This can be very unsafe for your cat. Cats can attract fleas and other parasites. Your cat might be injured by people, other animals and even vehicles on the road. If your cat really wants to go outside, let it out into a small area in your yard.
It’s important to let your cat see where you place the litter box, but it’s not always a good idea to force your cat to learn how to use it. This comes naturally – you can’t teach it. Many people think rubbing a cat’s paws in litter will teach them to use the litter box, but it might actually traumatize them.
You cat needs to get used to being in a carrier. Dogs and cats will respond differently to punishment. Cats learn well when they feel encouraged. Inside the carrier, put a favorite toy and blanket. Leave it open in an area the cat will see. Sooner or later, your cat will try out the appealing space and learn to be comfortable in it. Then, you will have no problem using the carrier.
New cats are sometimes not welcomed in the home. In the early days, you may see a lot of posturing from the cats including hissing and swatting at each other. Eventually they are going to get used to each other, and they may even end up becoming best friends.
Is your cat peeing all the time, sometimes in places that it shouldn’t? If so, you should talk to your veterinarian. It could be an indication of a serious health problem. Some cheap antibiotics can get rid of some dangerous illnesses.
If your cat stops using the litter box suddenly, take note. If your cat refuses to use its litter box, there may be an underlying health concern. Kidney, bladder and infection issues can make this occur. If your cat stops going in the litter box, a call to the vet is in order.
Cats are often hard to understand, but they still make wonderful pets. Use the ideas in this piece to get the most of your relationship. Having cats can be a great thing for anyone, and when you care for them properly, a happy cat is a great friend.