Famed poet T.S. Eliot once stated cats are animals which households depend on. He was not entirely wrong in this statement. Happy, healthy cats can make life complete. Not all cats will be like this. The tips below will help you enjoy your cat as much as possible.
Cats love to get into tight, small spaces. If they’ve got a collar on, this may put them in danger as it can get stuck. The advantage to a breakaway type collar is that if enough pressure is put on it, it will just let go rather than strangle the cat. A collar like this could save your cat’s life.
Your cat can devastate your furniture with its claws. If you have problems with a cat that shreds furniture, invest in a durable scratching post. They can scratch the post instead. It might not happen overnight, but the problem should eventually stop.
A microchip will allow you to find your pet if it is lost. Even indoor cats can decide to run away at a moment’s notice, escaping through an open window. Tags and collars are great, but if a cat escapes them, there’s no guaranteeing they’ll make it home safe and sound. Microchips are minuscule, but can hold all the essential information about your cat and its hope. Scanners to read pet microchips are available in every town and they will not come out from under the skin.
Be sure to show your cat affection as much as possible. Think of all the friendship and comfort cats provide to us. Similar to people, cats like to socialize and feel as if they are important to their family. A cat can feel that he is a valuable, cherished part of their household.
Cats spend a ton of time grooming themselves. Hairballs are more common in long-haired cats. There are special foods you can buy to try to help with this particular problem. Some cat food brands have formulations to prevent or reduce hairballs, which will make life easier for your cat and you.
Crystals in the urine, an issue many male cats have, can be avoided with the proper food. Passing these crystals is painful and the vet bill to have this corrected is expensive. Let your cat have food that doesn’t have a lot of magnesium in it. Check the label. Poultry products are typically lower in magnesium than fish products.
If your cat is excessively meowing, try to figure out why. Once you become familiar with your cat and its needs, it will become easier to determine what he needs when he meows. They may want outside or may be hungry. By taking note of your cat’s cues, you’ll understand it more.
Don’t let your cat outside. It can be unsafe. Your cat may pick up some fleas, or worse. Cats can also be hunted by other animals, stolen or hit by passing vehicles. If you think your pet needs to go outside, think about enclosing a back patio with metal mesh or some type of heavy screen to keep your cat inside, yet allow them to experience the outdoors.
Nothing about being a pet owner is simple. These tips will improve your relationship no matter what type of cat you own. With any luck, you will hear more purrs and less meows.