Curiosity is something that every cat has. Though they are independent, cats do need time with their owners as well. This may seem confusing at times, but a purring cat sitting on your lap is one of the best things you can experience. Use these tips to understand your feline friend.
- Taking your cat in for regular check-ups at the veterinarian’s office is part of being a responsible pet owner. Cats require special shots to prevent illness and the vet can check their overall health. If you find a vet you are comfortable with, use them for the duration of your cat’s life. You won’t have to worry that the vet won’t have all of your cat’s medical records.
- If your kitty is a female, make sure to plan a spaying once she is of age to breed. While your cat may be an indoor one, there is always the possibility it can get out and you wind up with kittens one day. Spaying your cat is the best way to prevent this from happening.
- Don’t give a cat a dog’s product. Products designed for dogs or other animals could cause a negative reaction from your cat. When it comes to flea products this is particularly true. Canine flea medications are strong and often made from a different formula than the feline version. They can cause death in cats. After your dog receives a flea treatment, keep your cat away for at least a few hours.
- It can be tricky to keep a cat off the kitchen counters. Cats like to climb on things and a counter can look very inviting. Making a place high-up for your cat can solve this issue. Putting a cat tower in or near the kitchen can help keep the cats from laying on the counter.
- Keep your cat away from boredom. Cats need play and exercise. Unfortunately there are too many cat owners who don’t properly exercise their cats. Bored cats can become depressed and inactive, causing harm to their well-being. Give them toys and things to do. If they stay indoors make sure they have a scratching post for climbing.
- The litter box for your cat needs to be positioned in the right place. It shouldn’t be put in an area with high traffic and should be far from their food. Additionally, don’t make the mistake of putting it in a poorly-ventilated area, or the smell will become overpowering. Not only will your cat appreciate it but you will too.
- Your cat probably spends a lot of time grooming himself to perfection. Hairballs are more common in long-haired cats. Buy your cat specialized food to prevent this problem. Look for cat food that is designed to minimize hairballs to keep you and your cat happier.
- Do you have both a cat and dog? Keep in mind that the two animals have separate dietary needs, and dogs will try cat food if given the chance. This is why you should have a feeding area for your cat that is too high for the dog to reach. This can also prevent unnecessary arguments between your pets over the water supply, once the food has been consumed.
- Understand that leaving a small kitten together with small children can be dangerous to both. Kids under five should not be left alone with a pet. Kids of this age aren’t old enough to know how dangerous a cat can be. As kids age, you can then determine whether they are mature enough for small pets.
Cats are not always easy to figure out, but they certainly can make loyal friends if you let them. Use the information in this article to help make their life more comfortable. A cat is a companion that anyone can enjoy, and taking good care of them is a fine way to repay them for how much they enrich your life.