Few pets offer the unique blend of grace, strength, independence, and affection available in the common house cat. Cats are also a very common household pet, and they are very populated in many areas. Caring for a cat is very rewarding. Cats are fast, strong and intelligent. They also resist change, so you may need special techniques to handle them.
Ensure that your cat goes to the vet often so that they are healthy. Cats need routine shots and wellness checks just like people. If there are obvious issues with your cat, it needs to see the vet immediately. Don’t wait!
Avoid using dog products on cats. They can have very strong and possibly negative reactions to dog products. This particularly applies to flea products. Flea treatments made for a dog can be fatal to a cat. Keep them separated by at least one door for a few hours after treatment.
You should be sure to place your pet’s litter box in a good location. You shouldn’t keep it near your pet’s food, and you shouldn’t keep it in an area people walk through a lot. Put it in a ventilated area to reduce odors. Your kitty will thank you.
Your cat probably spends a lot of time grooming himself to perfection. If the cats hair is too long, this is what causes hairballs. There are special foods you can give to your cat to reduce this problem. Look for cat food that is designed to minimize hairballs to keep you and your cat happier.
Cats can be great pets for children, but some younger children may be a bit too rough with cats. Make sure that you teach your children the proper way to handle a kitten or cat. Help them learn how to pick up a cat and care for it. Cats should be handled more gently since their bones are more fragile than those of dogs.
Place a “tablecloth” under your cat’s food bowl. Cats often take food from their bowls to eat on the side. This may make a big mess that you need to clean up. It’s easier to clean up this food by purchasing a placement and inserting it under your cat’s food bowl, or you could simply cut some fabric and make it into a tablecloth so you can easily pick up the food and throw it away.
You should think before allowing your cat to go outside. This could be harmful and unsafe. They can get fleas, feline AIDS or even leukemia. There is the possibility they may get injured by another animal, even people and cars too. If your cat really wants to go outside, let it out into a small area in your yard.
Don’t think that you can teach a cat to use its litter box. This is a natural instinct that cannot be taught. A lot of people think that they can take their cat and try to rub their cat’s paws on the litter, but this may just traumatize the cat.
Brush your cat’s fur regularly. This will spread a cat’s oils from their fur and help blood flow from within their skin. Brushing will also help to remove loose hair. This avoids the hairball problem, which may lead to choking and a buildup of hair in the stomach.
You don’t want to punish a cat if they do their business outside of their litter box. It might be happening because you aren’t caring for the box good enough. If you punish your cat for this, it will fear you later in the future.
Eventually, you’ll get the hang of outsmarting your cat. Before long, your cat will understand what they can and can’t do in your house. Although cats cannot be trained quite as easily as dogs, the majority of cats can be trained to be well-behaved pets.