Cats are curious by nature. They seem really independent, but they love human interaction as well. They confuse and even infuriate you at times; however, there are other times that you just love them to death. This advice will be of assistance for you and your cat.
When looking for a new cat for your home, contact a local animal shelter. Shelters have great pets available for adoption, and the fee isn’t that high. When adopting a shelter cat, you’re saving a life and aiding in controlling the cat population.
You can make your old cat feel better thanks to a hot tile placed under its bed. Simply heat a terra-cotta tile in a 200 degree oven for 20 minutes. Wrap the tile inside an unneeded towel and place it under your kitty’s favorite resting spot. This should be changed a few times a day to maximize comfort.
Your cat needs a collar and tag if it goes outside. Cats can range far from your home and the tag will help them find their way home. Make sure at a minimum to put your pets name and your phone number on the tag.
Keeping cats from a counter really can be tough. Cats like to climb on things and a counter can look very inviting. You may be able to battle this issue by giving your cat a high place to chill. A carefully placed cat tower in the kitchen will keep cats away from the counter.
Cats love to be clean. When the cat’s hair is longer, this could lead to hairballs. Buy your cat specialized food to prevent this problem. Certain cat foods are made just for decreasing hairballs, benefiting both your cat and yourself.
Male cats sometimes have crystals in their urine, but this can be prevented with the right cat food. Passing such crystals is a painful experience for your cat, and your wallet isn’t going to enjoy the vet bill. Let your cat have food that doesn’t have a lot of magnesium in it. Read the label. Fish is often high in magnesium compared to chicken.
Try not to let your cat go outside. Letting your cat outside greatly increases his risk level. Your cat may get fleas or something even worse than that. Cars, people, or animals could hurt your beloved pet. If you allow your cat outside, make sure you live in a reasonably safe area.
Is your home also the home of both a dog and cat? Understand that dogs will usually eat cat’s food if they can. Because of this, you should make the place that your cat food is in higher up so that the dog cannot reach it. Doing this will also help you avoid fights over the water bowl.
Do not throw away your cat’s scratching post because it is starting to look very old and worn. Cats tend to enjoy a scratching toy more after they’ve gotten comfortable with it and made it their own. If you replace it with something new, your pet might seek out something a little more worn to scratch – like your furniture.
If you just own one cat but are considering obtaining another one, then you should ensure you allow a few weeks for your old cat and new one to become familiar with each other. Two cats may fight, hiss, or hide from each other until they become more comfortable. Over time, though, they will learn to tolerate each other and eventually form a close bond.
Help your cat live a longer life by keeping them healthy and keeping them current with check-ups and vaccinations. Similar to kids, cats need shots and check-ups to prevent health problems. Your cat is a family member, so treat them like anyone else you love in your home.
Dogs let you know when they are excited and/or happy when they wag their tails. Cats wag their tail for a different reason. Cats wag tails if they sense conflict, or if they’re trying to decide whether to fight or flee. Along the same line, if your cat wags its tail while you are holding it, you should put it down to avoid getting scratched.
Cats can be perplexing, but they can also be wonderful friends. Use the ideas in this piece to get the most of your relationship. Healthy and happy cats that are loved by owners are good friends to live with.