Cats are an integral part of any household. T.S. Eliot once called cats a crucial element to a home, and this statement rings true today. If you have a cat that is healthy and behaves well, your whole household will benefit. Sadly, cats can be temperamental. Consider these tips for how you can coexist with your pet.
It is always important to take your cat to the veterinarian for regular checkups. They should get their vaccinations and have a full check up. 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 you have an old cat, you can help make its bed more comfortable by placing heated tiles underneath it. Just heat a one-foot square terra cotta tile in your oven at about 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Wrap it up in a towel and place it under where your cat sleeps. If necessary, repeat this every few hours.
When it comes to litter boxes, placement is everything. It shouldn’t be put in an area with high traffic and should be far from their food. Also, minimize the smell by making sure it is a well ventilated area. Both you and your cat will be happier.
You will often find ways to save money on medication for your cat on the Internet instead of getting it from your vet. There may be some cases in which you cannot buy online, such as in an emergency. But, for routine medications, this can be a budget-saver.
Cats and small children may not always mix. It is important to show your child how to approach and handle a cat. Help them learn how to pick up a cat and care for it. Feline bones are weaker than those of many other pets, so they must be handled with care.
Put a cloth down in your cat’s eating area. Some cats like removing food from their bowl and eating it beside their bowl. This can lead to a big clean-up. An easier way to do that is to either buy a placemat and put it underneath the cat bowl, or to cut a bit of fabric to use as a tablecloth that you can pick up and wash or shake over the garbage can.
Speak with other cat owners about any issues you may be having. Although you may feel like you don’t need help, other owners may be able to give you good advice. You can also go on the Web and ask your question in a forum.
If your cat does not use the litter box, do not use punishments to try to discipline him. Many times, this is caused by failure to properly clean or place the litter box. Punishment can make your cat fearful in your presence.
Be sure to carrier train your cat. Punishment affects cats differently from dogs. They like responding to encouragement better. Inside the carrier, put a favorite toy and blanket. Leave it open in an area the cat will see. Your cat will start to venture into their carrier more often, until they are completely comfortable with it. A cat who is used to a carrier will not mind traveling, meaning it will be a much less stressful experience for them.
It’s very rewarding to own a cat, though it’s not always easy. Whether you have a cat that’s hyper or one that sleeps too much, you can use the tips above to help you take better care of your cat. You’ll hear less meowing and more purring then.