Cats don’t have competition in the great animal kingdom and are great indoor pets for many reasons. Cats are entertaining and can keep rodents away. Critters fear cats; they can be very valuable to have around the house.
Cats like sneaking into small spaces. Collars can be a safety risk if your kitty gets stuck. Put a breakaway collar on instead. Purchasing one could be the difference between whether your cat lives or dies when he gets stuck.
When your female cat is old enough, it’s vital to get her spayed. This is true even if you think your cat is indoors only. One escape can lead to a lot of small kittens around! Spaying your cat is the best way to prevent this from happening.
Microchips are an increasingly popular form of pet protection. Even though a cat may live inside, you never know if it will run out the door to escape. 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. Microchips are extremely small, but they can hold all the same information as an identification tag. They are impossible for your pet to lose, and most vets and shelters have equipment that can read these chips.
You should never allow your cat to be bored all the time. Cats need stimulation. Unfortunately, many owners do not realize this important part of ownership. A lack of stimulation can lead to psychological or medical problems for your cat, including depression, compulsive disorders, and chronic misbehavior. Provide them with space to exercise and lots of toys to play with. Indoor cats will be happier if you provide them with climbing resources and practical things such as scratching posts.
Most cats prefer to be mostly nocturnal. Your cat will probably be very active during the night. Close the door to prevent the noise from getting to you. This will ensure they don’t pounce on you at nighttime, or wake you up in other ways.
The cat’s litter box should be placed in the right spot. Never put the box near your cat’s food, and pick a quiet place away from areas that are heavily used. Additionally, don’t make the mistake of putting it in a poorly-ventilated area, or the smell will become overpowering. Your cat and your nose will thank you for the effort.
Are you the proud owner of both a cat and dog? Dogs take every opportunity they can get to eat the cat’s food. This is why it is necessary to have two separate feeding areas. This will ensure they don’t fight over food or water, too.
You should not train your cat to use a litter box. Cats instinctively understand what to do and teaching is not required. While many pet owners try to introduce their cats to a litter box by rubbing their front paws in the sand, this can sometimes traumatize your furry friend.
Feed your cat several different kinds of food if you want to the lower the chances of them becoming finicky. If your cat only eats one brand of cat food from the beginning, he will probably not like any other brand.
If your cat has a scratching post that is beginning to look worn, don’t get rid of it. Cats love them! Even if you throw it away and buy a new one, your cat may opt for tearing up your upholstery instead.
Cats may be less effective for security than guard dogs, but they still track down the small critters in your home. Compared to dogs, cats will almost always be more successful in their hunting attempts. With these benefits, you can have a truly great companion.