A cat is member of the family just like anyone else. That’s why you need to do what you can to keep them safe from harmful things like fleas and parasites. They have needs that are different from dogs, and they should not be treated the same way. Keep reading to find out how to keep those critters away from your cat.
If your cat is female, then ensure you spay her as soon as you can. Whether or not she typically goes outside, she may escape while in heat and you might have kittens! The best method of stopping this is to have your cat spayed.
Avoid using dog products on cats. Cats are known to have severe negative reactions when exposed to products designed for dogs. Flea products can be especially harmful. Flea treatments made for a dog can be fatal to a cat. Once you use flea prevention products on your dog, it should be kept separately from the cat for hours.
Spray bitter apple on electrical cords. If your cat is especially intent on chewing cords, keep them covered as much as possible. Use paper towel or wrapping paper rolls to bundle up cords. All thin cords should be put up when you’re not using them.
Your home furnishings can fall victim to your cat’s sharp claws. You need to get a scratching post or a cat tower to prevent your cat from ruining your furniture. Give them some encouragement and let them know it is okay to scratch that. Sooner or later, they’ll love to use it.
Put the litter box in an ideal location. Don’t put it in a busy area, and keep it away from your cat’s food. Make sure it’s properly ventilated to keep smell down. Both you and your cat will be happier.
Some male cats get urinary crystals, but this is preventable with proper diet. Passing stones or crystals hurts and can cost you a ton in vet bills if they don’t come out naturally. Make sure your cat’s food is not high in magnesium. Consult the ingredient list. Products that contain fish are normally much higher in magnesium over ones containing poultry.
Create a tablecloth just for your cat. Some cats prefer removing their food from the bowl and eating it on the side. This can lead to a big clean-up. A simpler way to do this is by getting a place-mat and placing it under their bowl. You can also cut some fabric to make a tablecloth that can be lifted, washed, or shaken over a trash can.
Do you own both a dog and a cat? Dogs are known for eating other pet’s food. This is why you should have a feeding area for your cat that is too high for the dog to reach. This will also prevent squabbles between them.
Train your cat to tolerate a pet carrier. Cats never respond to punishment the way that dogs do. They prefer encouragement instead. Put their favorite toy and blanket in a carrier. Leave it somewhere they always go to. Your cat will want to inspect the carrier and probably enjoy hiding inside. Transporting the carrier with your cat inside makes your next trip out much easier.
Take notice if and when your cat ever stops conducting their business in their litter box. When cats are suffering from something, they may end up going to the restroom randomly outside of their box. A variety of infections and kidney disease can cause your cat to stay away from the box when they suddenly associate it with pain due to their medical condition. Ask your vet if your cat begins missing the litter box.
Parasites can be a problem for your cat, just like most cats. These parasites won’t go away until you take action. By following the above advice, you can keep your cat clean and healthy. You cat will thank you when you do.