Feral cats are those without a home. There are many abandoned cats like these, and they can be a huge problem. Read on to find out how to care for him.
If you’re thinking of getting a cat for a pet, you should look to the local shelter. There are tons of loving cats there, and the fees often cover the needed vet care. When a cat is adopted from an animal shelter it saves its life and it helps control the cat population.
Properly groom your cat. Brushing is a very important component towards taking care of your cat. Doing this frequently can help them keep their coat clean. It’s also helpful in reducing how much cats shed and how often they spit out those dreaded hairballs. Regularly grooming keeps cats looking well and keeps your home neater.
A vet trip should happen for your cat yearly. There are shots and vaccinations that are standard and necessary for your cat. Always use the same veterinarian if possible. That way, the doctor will be familiar with the history of your cat.
Cats will be up during the night more often than not. It is likely that they will want to play while you are sleeping. Try closing the door if your cats are keeping you awake at night. You won’t be able to hear their sounds as they walk around in the middle of the night.
Cats sometimes will spend hours grooming themselves to perfection. If your cat has hair that’s long it could get hairballs. Buy your cat specialized food to prevent this problem. Some cat foods are specially formulated to help reduce hairballs, which is good for both you and your pet.
Crystals form in urine from male cats. This can be prevented with good food choices. Your cat will experience considerable pain when he has to pass these crystals, and it’s not an easy (or cheap) problem for your veterinarian to fix. Keep your cat’s diet low in levels of magnesium. Be sure that you read the label. Avoid fish products.
Use care if you have kids and a cat. Never leave a pet alone with a child who is any younger than five. They’re not really mature enough to know how dangerous a kitten can be. Once the child is older and more mature, decide if they are ready for the responsibility of handling animals.
You don’t want to punish a cat if they do their business outside of their litter box. Many times, this is caused by failure to properly clean or place the litter box. If you get mad, they’ll never use the box again.
If you are bringing home a new cat, make sure to give him time to adjust to your current cat. It usually takes about three weeks. The cats might hiss, swat and hide from each other at first. After a bit of time, you’ll have two cats that will tolerate, and possibly enjoy, each other.
There is a lot of responsibility involved with a long-haired cat. Cats are beautiful with hair that is long and silky. Your clothes, floors and furniture aren’t. Do not choose a long-haired cat unless you can commit to the added cleanup. Hair balls are also more prevalent in long haired cats.
If your feline friend is having kittens, make sure to give her lots of room to birth in. Understand that a female cat will require three or four hours in order to give birth to every kitten. If, after six hours, you think there are still kittens stuck inside your pet, a trip to the vet is in order.
Dogs will often wag their tails to show their happiness or excitement. A cat wagging its tail can have a very different meaning. Tail wagging in a cat usually means he is thinking of attacking or running away. Along the same line, if your cat wags its tail while you are holding it, you should put it down to avoid getting scratched.
You should now be able to step outside of your residence and defend against stray cats invading your yard. Cats often attack other pets and tear up your gardens if you don’t watch out. They can also be loving pets. When you discover the perfect cat to join your family, you had best be ready for it!