Famed poet T.S. Eliot once described cats as a creature on which a household depends, and there’s definitely some truth in his words. A healthy, well behaved cat can be a boon to any household. Sadly, it’s not always easy to co-exist with felines. Here are some things you need to know if you’re going to be living with a cat.
Make sure you keep all the recommended appointments with your cat’s veterinarian. Not only will a veterinarian give a general physical exam, he or she will also make sure they have necessary vaccinations. Try to keep the same vet during the life of your pet. This also allows the vet to become more familiar with your cat’s unique health needs and personality.
Cats love to get into tight, small spaces. If they have a collar on, this might prove to be a safety risk if they happen to get stuck. A breakaway collar let’s go if pulled on tightly. This will help you save your cat’s life.
You may want to have a microchip put into your car. Even indoor cats can decide to run away at a moment’s notice, escaping through an open window. While a collar with a tag is useful, remember that your cat may be able to escape from the collar while they are away. Collars can also harm your cat if they get caught. A microchip will hold the contact information to reach you and it’s only about as big as a piece of rice. All shelters and vets have scanners to ensure your cat gets home safely.
Your cat needs love and attention. A cat’s companionship should be returned with the same. Cats have a need to communicate with others to show they are part of the family. Cats want to feel loved and needed.
Cats enjoy high places. To make your cat really happy, give it a place to safely survey its area. If you don’t want a large cat tree in your home, a sturdy shelf cleared of breakables will work in a pinch. You can also add a small bed or blanket at the top.
Speak to your peers about your cat issues. Though you want to handle problems on your own, you may require advice from others who own cats. Your vet is a great source of advice, or you can find forums on the Internet to connect with other cat owners.
Reduce the chances of raising a finicky cat by feeding them several brands of food while they are young. If you raise your kitten with the same food for their entire life, this can become the only type of food they will willingly eat.
Go pick yourself up one of those water fountains for cats. Cats who are in the wild prefer to drink from running water, and this holds true for domestic cats, as well. Your cat, if its like most, will really respond to this running water. In fact, many cats like drinking from faucets more than from their water bowls. A drinking fountain is a more environmentally-friendly way to allow them to drink naturally.
Every cat loves to have lots of play time. Many animals like to play, and that includes humans and cats. An aging cat may not have as much energy as a kitten, however it will still enjoy a little light playtime. Therefore, be sure you set some time for playing with your cat.
Caring for a cat can be difficult, but it is very gratifying. Whether your cat is a lazy ball of fur or an active ball of hair, it needs proper care. If you have a happy cat, you will probably be happy too!