Cats’ naturally intelligent and playful nature makes them one of the most popular pets. Not only are cats incredibly entertaining pets to have, they also help keep the house free of rats and other rodents. Cats do a lot for the home and many people overlook that.
Make sure you don’t allow your cat to be around drape cords. The cats will start playing with the cords and they can easily wrap around their necks. This could cause injury or death. Keep all drape cords out of reach as a preventative measure.
Ensure your cat remains groomed. Cats have to be brushed or combed on a regular basis. This helps them keep their precious coat properly clean at all times. Also, this can eliminate the constant shedding that you will deal with. A well groomed cat, then, is a happy and healthy cat.
Part of caring for your cat is taking it to regular veterinarian checkups. A yearly visit for a regular check-up is important, with more frequent visits for shots as required. If there are obvious issues with your cat, it needs to see the vet immediately. Don’t wait!
You should get your cat a tagged collar, even if it is not legally required. Cats sometimes travel a bit when outside, and a tag prevents any mishaps due to your cat being lost. You have to be sure you have your pet’s name and number written on the tag.
Make sure your cat is out of harms way by putting a little bitter apple on all the electrical cords to avoid them getting shocked. If your cat is especially intent on chewing cords, keep them covered as much as possible. An inexpensive way to hide electrical cords is to thread them through used paper towel rolls. Any electronic item not in use should be stored away where the cat can’t get to it.
Have your cat chipped so you can find him if he runs away. You never know when your cat could get away from you. A tagged collar might help get kitty home, but it can just as easily come off if snagged on a branch. Microchips are very small, and you can note your name, address and phone number in there. Almost every vet and shelter has a scanner these days, and they can retrieve your contact information should they find your pet.
Never let a cat become bored. Play is important to the health and vitality of your cat. Many owners just don’t have time. A bored cat runs the risk of developing depression and obsessive compulsive disorders that may harm them or something in your home. Give them enough space to exercise in, with fun toys to keep them entertained. Provide them with an indoor climbing area or scratching post.
A cat might not seem to be as good of a hunter as a guard dog, but dogs won’t put in the effort to hunt small critters, and they aren’t as friendly around the family. Cats are natural hunters and they do not lose that instinct when they are pets. It’s easy to see why so many people have fallen for the company of cats.