A cat can be hard to please. You need to get to know your pet better and do your best to keep it happy and healthy. However, with the right information, you can ensure your cat is properly cared for. This advice will assist you in giving your cat the care he or she requires.
An outdoor cat must always wear a tag on its collar. If your cat gets lost during its time outdoors, a tag makes it easier to locate the animal. The tag needs your phone number and cat’s name at the minimum.
Deter your cat from chewing on inappropriate things by using bitter apple. Cats who love to chew need to be kept away from cords. If you have any loose cords around your home, try stuffing them into a used paper towel roll. 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.
You can also consider outfitting your cat with a chip so you can monitor its whereabouts. Even indoor cats may get out of your home at some point. Although they provide the information needed to find your beloved pet, they can also accidentally get caught or even be wiggled out of. Microchips are very small, approximately as large as a single grain of rice. Although they are small, they can hold your entire contact information. Every shelter and most veterinarian offices have microchip scanners that can read the chips, and best of all, they chips can’t be lost.
Remember to take care of your cat’s ears if you travel with him. Although you may love singing loudly to your favorite songs while driving, your cat would probably prefer softer sounds. To keep you cat from feeling nervous, keep the volume at a lower level. A trip is already stressful for a pet.
Speak with friends and family when you have difficulty with your cat. Although you may feel like you don’t need help, other owners may be able to give you good advice. Use the Internet to share tips with other cat owners and ask your questions or talk with your neighbors, friends or veterinarian.
You should brush your cat very regularly. This will spread a cat’s oils from their fur and help blood flow from within their skin. As an added bonus, it cuts down on loose fur. This prevents hairballs, which can cause choking, and builds up in the cat’s stomach from self grooming.
If you offer a variety of foods to your cat, it will be less picky about what it eats. If they start eating just one type of food without variation, they are sure to grow finicky.
Although your cat’s old scratching post may look very worn out, you shouldn’t throw it away. The cats loves it the most in this condition. If you throw it away, you may find your cat scratching on other surfaces.
Give high quality canned food to your pet cat. Dry food is less expensive, but there are added benefits to be had in canned cat food. There is more water, more fat and more protein in it. As your cat ages, canned food is more easily chewed. Speak with the vet, but food in cans tends to be better.
If you want to buy a second cat, prepare for some time where the cats will be familiarizing themselves with each other. They will probably hide from each other, hiss or even attack each other. But, eventually, they will get used to the idea, and begin to tolerate, and even enjoy, each other’s company.
Your cat may always seem miffed at you, but these tips will help build your relationship. Use them to make sure your cat’s health and needs are handled, so that you can be sure that all his needs are being met. If you do this, you might get a more pleasant cat as a result. Perhaps….