The poet T.S Eliot Eliot thought that cats were a core component of the household. A cat that is healthy and well mannered can be a great addition to any home. Sadly, it’s not always easy to co-exist with felines. The following advice will help you get along better with your cat.
Keep your drape cords out of your cats reach. Cats love to play with hanging cords and this poses the threat of your cat hurting themselves or becoming entangled. This could hurt or kill them. Keep all drape cords out of reach as a preventative measure.
Keep your older cat comfortable by placing a heated tile underneath its bed. You should heat a terra cotta tile with your oven, at about 200 degrees, for around fifteen minutes. Wrap this in a towel that’s old and then place it under the bed the cat sleeps on. Switch towels every few hours if you need to.
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. Other measures like tags and collars are better than nothing, but your cat may wriggle out of them or they may be torn off by outdoor hazards. A microchip, on the other hand, is inserted near your cat’s shoulder blades, takes only a second to do, and all of your current contact info can be read through the chip. They are impossible for your pet to lose, and most vets and shelters have equipment that can read these chips.
Don’t allow your cat to get bored too often. Cats require plenty of exercise. This is sadly overlooked by some cat owners. A bored cat may fall victim to depression, compulsive disorders or issued that can be harmful to their health. Give them lots of space for exercise and plenty of toys they can play with. If your cats are kept inside, set up a carpet lined scratching pad or post. There are many climbing structures that can be purchased or made for cats who enjoy heights.
Cats are generally nocturnal. Thus, the bulk of their activity will occur at night. If your busy kitties are keeping you up into the wee hours, try simply closing your bedroom door. This way, they can’t disturb you while you sleep.
Your kitty’s litter box requires strategic placement. The litter box should not be kept in an area with a lot of traffic. In addition, it does not need to be near the cat’s food. To prevent a strong stench, be sure this space is well-ventilated. Your cat and you will prefer this in the end.
Make a tablecloth that your cat can use. Cats will sometimes pluck food from the bowl and enjoy it straight off the ground. That means you will have to tidy up the food left beside the cat bowl. It’s easier to clean up this food by purchasing a placement and inserting it under your cat’s food bowl, or you could simply cut some fabric and make it into a tablecloth so you can easily pick up the food and throw it away.
Before you consider buying a kitten for your children, make sure clear boundaries are set before you bring the kitten home. Make sure your children know where in the house the cat is permitted to be. If you want the cat to be an inside cat, let the children know he cannot go outdoors. You need to establish some clear rules for your pet and ask everyone to follow them.
Think twice before letting your cat outside. It might not be safe for your cat to go outdoors. Cats can become infected with fleas, ticks and ringworm. Other animals, cars and people can hurt your cat. If letting your cat outdoors is important to you, let them out in a safe fenced area.
Cats love being up high. For a truly happy cat, provide a safe place for your cat to survey his surroundings. If you do not want cats making a mess in your house, remove breakable items from your shelves. Adding a small pillow or blanket to the spot for napping will be very much appreciated too.
You should brush your cat very regularly. Brushing spreads natural oils through the fur and also stimulates circulation. As an added bonus, it cuts down on loose fur. This avoids the hairball problem, which may lead to choking and a buildup of hair in the stomach.
If your cat dirties the space near his litter box, don’t punish them. If this happens, it may be because you have not kept the box as clean as you should. If your pet is punished, you won’t do anything but make it afraid of you.
Increase the variety of food that you give your cat. If you start them off eating the same type of food all of the time and you never change it up, this will most likely be the only food they will eat in the future.
There are great benefits which come from owning a cat. No matter how active your cat is, there is always room to improve our relationship with your pet. Soon, you’ll be hearing less meows and more purrs.