Felines are mysterious and even magical animals. Their unique intelligence and independence combined with their loving nature make them ideal as house pets. Caring for cats in proper ways, though, it not always that simple. Read on to learn more cat tips and to use them to make your cat healthy and happy.
If you have a female cat it is important to have her spayed once she becomes old enough. Even if you own an indoor cat, it might produce many kittens if it escapes during mating season. Spray your cat so that this does not occur.
Never use a product on your cat that is intended for dogs. Cats usually react negatively to items made especially for dogs. This warning applies to products for getting rid of fleas. Dog flea prevention products will kill your cat. Make sure to separate your cat from your dog after spraying.
Use quality food to prevent crystals from forming in a cat’s urine. It is painful for your cat to pass these crystals and the cost to have this treated by a vet is high. Look for foods that are low in magnesium for your cat. Check the ingredients list on the label. Fish is often high in magnesium compared to chicken.
Cats can be great pets for children, but some younger children may be a bit too rough with cats. Make sure your child knows how to pet a cat. Demonstrate the proper way to pick up a cat and what they can do with the cat. Cat’s bones aren’t quite as strong as dogs, so they must be treated gingerly.
Never try to teach a cat how to work a litter box. This is not something that needs to be taught. In fact, it comes naturally for them. Some cat owners believe they should expose their cat to the litter box and rub its paws into the litter; however, this may actually have the opposite effect and make your cat scared of it.
Brush your cat regularly. Brushing spreads natural oils throughout a cat’s fur, and also helps stimulate blood flow in their skin. Furthermore, it helps reduce all the loose hair. This will help to eliminate hairballs, which build in your cat’s stomach and prevents it from grooming itself.
Purchase a drinking fountain for your cat. This will make things more comfortable and homey for your cat. The drinking fountain will look more inviting than a water bowl. Really, there are many cats that would much prefer to drink from a running sink faucet as opposed to their own bowl. A fountain will allow a cat to drink naturally and is better for the environment.
Anytime you get a new pet, you must introduce them to your cat slowly to help to avoid problems and let the cat get used to it. Keep them separated for at least two weeks, but let them sniff at each other under a closed door. They may swat at each other or hiss; that’s nothing to be concerned about. Cats usually learn to enjoy having a companion or at least put up with another one in their home.
Make sure you put your catbox in the optimal location. Do not hide the box simply to reduce the smell. However, your cat’s litter box needs to stay in an easily accessible place so that he can find it. Cats tend to be finicky, so you’ll want to provide a location that isn’t off-putting to your cat. If you keep the litter box on a cold cement floor, put a mat or rug down underneath it.
A cat is a great pet for your family, but you need to learn how to take good care of your pet. Use these tips at your discretion. Make use of it so that you can enjoy a happy and healthy cat.