Cats are great, but they are known for having very specific preferences. You have many issues to consider when you have one, ranging from different diets to having their nails clipped at the vet’s office. The article below offers tips you can use to offer your cat whatever it needs.
Check your local animal shelter if you have plans to get a cat. They have tons of amazing cats who desperately need a home. When you adopt a cat from a shelter, you save a life and help keep the cat population under control.
Taking your cat in for regular check-ups at the veterinarian’s office is part of being a responsible pet owner. They should get their vaccinations and have a full check up. Always use the same veterinarian if possible. This helps make sure your vet knows your cat’s history.
If your cat is female, you need to get it spayed at the proper age. You may not think it’s necessary if you have an indoor cat, but your cat may escape. Spaying the feline is really the optimal way of dealing with this.
Don’t use items on a cat that are meant for a dog. 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. Your cat can die if you use a dog flea product on it. Make sure to separate your cat from your dog after spraying.
Spray bitter apple on electrical cords. If that doesn’t work, cover those cords up however you can. Bundle electrical cords together inside a tube. If you have rarely used electronics, put them up when you aren’t using them.
It is a good idea to microchip your cat. Even cats who live completely indoors may someday decide to bolt out the door or escape out of a window. Tags and collars may be able to help you get your cat back, but cats can sometimes take these things off or they could get hung up on a tree or something. You can use a microchip instead; you can store your contact information in the chip and it will not bother your cat. Nearly every vet and shelter owns a scanner which can read a microchip, and since they’re implanted, there isn’t a risk of the chip falling out or getting lost.
Cats are often nocturnal creatures. It is likely that they will want to play while you are sleeping. If your cats are busy keeping you awake early, just close your bedroom door. This will stop them from bothering you at night, and playing with your feet beneath the covers.
Your cat needs to be shown lots of love. Your cat will enjoy your company if you pet and play with her. Your cat needs to socialize and get plenty of attention from everyone in your family. They’ll know they are accepted as members of the family if they get plenty of loving attention.
Owning a cat means a fair amount of work on your part. Take what you have learned here and apply it to being a successful and happy pet owner. The effort expended will be well worth it, and will be rewarded in many ways.