Adding a cat to your family can be quite enjoyable. If you bring a cat home without first preparing yourself, you will regret it. Even when you are prepared you might run into some issues. But to lessen the issues early on, use the advice shared here!
Cats need a certain amount of grooming to stay healthy and presentable. Cats need to be combed or brushed regularly. Such practices help keep cats’ coats clean. Having a clean fur coat helps reduce the amount of hairballs that get spit up around the house. If you groom your cat with care, both your pet and your home will look their best.
Regular vet checkups for your cat are very important. There are shots and vaccinations that are standard and necessary for your cat. Try using one veterinarian consistently. This way they will know your cat’s history the best.
Cats love to squeeze into tiny spaces. If your cat is such a curious one, wearing a collar is a safety risk, as your feline might get stuck because of it while exploring. Collars designed to release when sufficient force is applied (“breakaway” collars) are a great idea. This could save your cat’s life!
Be sure your cat gets regular checkups at the vet. Your cat should always go to the vet for a check up, especially if they need shots. Cats should go to a vet immediately if they have any conditions, health problems, or injuries that need to be tended to right away.
Spritz a little bitter apple on electrical cords to protect your cats. If they like to chew on cords, try covering them as much as you can. You can bundle loose cords into paper towel rolls that are old. If you have electrical cords laying out that are not being used, put them away as cats can play with them and then move on to live electrical cords.
Microchips are an increasingly popular form of pet protection. You may not have had trouble with your cat getting loose previously, but it can happen at any time by accident. Cats can get out of a collar or, worse, have that collar choke them to death. Microchips are minuscule, but can hold all the essential information about your cat and its hope. The chip will never be lost because it is under the skin and it can easily be read by any shelter or vet.
Adore your cat! They give us love, and we need to return it to them. Like humans, cats want to feel wanted and needed. Cats want to feel loved and needed.
Little kids shouldn’t be left alone near cats. Make sure your child knows how to treat a cat. Demonstrate the proper way to pick up a cat and what they can do with the cat. Cats should be handled more gently since their bones are more fragile than those of dogs.
Create a tablecloth for the feline. Cats sometimes like to eat food outside of their bowl. This may make a big mess that you need to clean up. You can get a pet mat or use a piece of old fabric to put under it for easy cleanup.
You need to establish some boundaries if you are getting a cat for your children. Tell your kids which rooms the cat is allowed in. If you want to have an indoor cat, explain to your children that they cannot let it go outside. Your children will be able to understand the rules more easily if they know them ahead of time.
Just because your family did it when you were a child, does not mean allowing your cat to go outside is a wise decision. This can compromise your cat’s safety. Your cat could get fleas or even worse parasites. Cats can be gravely injured or killed by eating poisonous plants, flowers or chemicals, hit by a car or even harmed by neighbors who are irritated with your cat on their property. If your cat must go outside, try to confine them to the backyard.
You cat will not be likely to be a finicky eater if you vary the type of food you are feeding from time to time. By feeding the cat the same kind of food over and over again, they become used to that specific food. Good luck getting it to try something new!
These tips can work on cats of all breeds and ages. These are the fundamental concepts involved with raising a small feline, but the individual circumstances in which they apply will change from one person to the next. If you’re not having fun after you adopt a cat, there is a serious problem.