Cats are very interesting animals and you will love yours right away if you decide to adopt one. If you own a cat, it’s important that you know as much as possible about caring for your pet. Keep reading to learn more about cat care.
Groom your cat. You can regularly brush or comb your cat. If yu do this quite often, it will help them stay clean. It helps your cats shed much less too, which keeps them from spitting those hairballs up. Regularly grooming keeps cats looking well and keeps your home neater.
Female cats need to be spayed as soon as they reach the proper age. Even if you have an indoor female cat, if it escapes when it’s in heat it could get you a bunch of kittens you weren’t planning on having. The best method of preventing your cat from pregnancy is to get her spayed.
Take your cat to the vet regularly to make sure they remain in good health. A yearly visit for a regular check-up is important, with more frequent visits for shots as required. When the cat seems to be acting abnormally, take it to the vet immediately.
Never use any product intended for dogs on a cat. Cats are known to have severe negative reactions when exposed to products designed for dogs. When it comes to flea products this is particularly true. Flea treatments made for a dog can be fatal to a cat. In fact, your cat should be kept away from your dog for several hours after the dog has been treated for fleas.
Lessen the chances of your cat becoming harmed or killed by spraying all electric cords with something to keep them from chewing it. Bitter apple is a good choice and can be found at most pet stores. If your cat plays with cords, put them up and out of the way, or you can hide them in old paper towel rolls. Loose cords can be bundled and tucked inside old paper towel rolls. Store electronics when they are not in use rather than leaving them plugged in.
Keeping your cats away from the counters can be hard. Cats have a natural predilection for staking out a nice elevated place where they have a good view of their surroundings. One way to combat this behavior is to proved your cat with an elevated place it is okay to climb on. For example, give them a cat tower nearby.
Get a microchip for your cat. You may not have had trouble with your cat getting loose previously, but it can happen at any time by accident. Collars or tags can identify your cat, but cats can wiggle out of those, and they are also at risk of getting hung up on something. 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. The majority of veterinarians possess scanners that can read your chips. Because these chips are placed underneath your cat’s skin, they won’t get lost.
Location is key when placing a litter box. You shouldn’t keep it near your pet’s food, and you shouldn’t keep it in an area people walk through a lot. To prevent a strong stench, be sure this space is well-ventilated. Your cat will appreciate it and so will you.
You will often find ways to save money on medication for your cat on the Internet instead of getting it from your vet. In an emergency, this won’t be much help, of course. For more routine situations, saving 50% by buying online is quite possible.
Place a “tablecloth” under your cat’s food bowl. Sometimes cats like to take food out of the bowl and eat it to the side of the bowl. If this occurs, you will have a mess on your hands. Something as simple as a place mat can help make cleanup easier.
Cats are awesome pets, as previously described. Keeping your cat happy and healthy means learning as much as you can about cat care. Read on to learn all of this information. Your pet cat will love you!