Famed poet T.S. Cats have been the subject of many poems and plays. Well-behaved, healthy cats are great for any home. Sadly, cats can be temperamental. Here’s some great tips to help you get along better with your cat.
Shop at your local pet shelter for your next cat. Shelters have a lot of cats in them and you can get one adopted for a small fee. When you adopt a cat from a shelter, you save a life and help keep the cat population under control.
In order to be sure your cat is healthy, take them to their vet regularly. Your cat should always go to the vet for a check up, especially if they need shots. If there are more pressing health problems, take your cat to the vet right away.
Avoid letting your cat get bored. Every cat needs exercise time and play! Unfortunately, a lot of cat owners neglect this. Cats that are frequently bored may develop OCD, depression or other harmful conditions. Give them toys they can play with, play with them yourself, or at the least give them room to exercise. If they are indoors, give them a scratching post or something to climb on.
Normally cats are nocturnal animals. The result is that cats prefer to be more active during the night. If your cats keep you up at night, kick them out of the bedroom. This will ensure you sleep much better, without cats jumping into bed with you.
Use quality food to prevent crystals from forming in a cat’s urine. These are very painful and expensive to treat. Choose foods low in magnesium for your cat. Be sure that you read the label. Products including fish have a higher magnesium content then poultry based products.
High areas are ideal for cats. Your cat will be truly happy if you provide a place for him to view his surroundings. If you’d rather not invest in a cat tree, simply use a large shelf or bookcase without any breakable items. Put a blanket on it so they can rest peacefully.
Talk to people you know about any cat problems you’re having. You can solve most problems by yourself, but you might benefit from the experience of others. There are a number of message boards for cat owners on the Internet, or you can go to your vet with problems.
It may be time to take your cat to see the vet if it begins urinating more frequently and in places besides its litter box. Cats can show this behavior if they have a type of urinary tract infection or other health issue. Most of the time, these conditions can be resolved with relatively affordable antibiotic treatments.
Your kitty’s litter box should be strategically placed. You may believe that the litter box should be kept in a small place so that you won’t smell it. It is equally important that the litter box is readily accessible to your cat, though. Cats can be finicky, so it is important that you give them an environment they feel comfortable in. If the box is placed on a cold floor, place a mat under it.
Move the litter box if your cat won’t use it. The cat instinctively feels vulnerable when using the litter box, so make sure it’s in a location that’s totally quiet and safe. Great suggestions include your basement and laundry room.
Put a collar around your cats neck that contains your name, address, and number. Your indoor pet might even get out if you leave a window open. If that happens, you want to be sure that there is a way for them to make it back home.
Caring for a cat can be a lot of work, but it’s absolutely worth it. Whether a cat jumps all over the house or sleeps all day, these tips can better your bond with them. Soon, you’ll be hearing less meows and more purrs.