The poet T.S. They bring warmth and a sense of happiness to the house. A happy, well-behaved feline is a great addition to any home. The downside to cats, however, is they can be hard to deal with. Here are some tips on how you and your pet can better co-exist.
Put a heated tile beneath the bed of an older cat. Use a 12″ terra cotta tile and heat it by putting it in a 200ºF oven for 20 minutes. Put it inside a cloth and place underneath your feline’s blanket or bed. Change it regularly if you need to.
Take your cat to the vet regularly to make sure they remain in good health. They should go at least once yearly for a check-up, and more often if they need any shots. If there are obvious issues with your cat, it needs to see the vet immediately. Don’t wait!
When it comes to litter boxes, placement is everything. Don’t put it where the cat can’t reach it or near their food. Allow for adequate ventilation to dispel any odors. Both you and your cat will reap its benefits.
Give your kitty lots of love. Your cat will enjoy your company if you pet and play with her. Without love, cats may not socialize with your family. Make them feel at home.
Feeding your male cat the proper food can help prevent crystals from forming in his urine. These crystals can cause your cat pain to pass, and your vet bill can be expensive. Feed your cat food that is low in magnesium. Always read labels. Fish products are usually higher in magnesium.
Cats can be great pets for children, but some younger children may be a bit too rough with cats. Guide your kids in handling a feline. Teach them about appropriate activities and how to gentle pick up the cat. Cats don’t have strong bones like dogs do, so they need to be treated gently.
Is your home also the home of both a dog and cat? Dogs won’t hesitate to eat food from your cat’s bowl. This is why it is necessary to have two separate feeding areas. This will ensure they don’t fight over food or water, too.
Watch kittens around kids. Younger children, especially under 5, cannot be left alone with your cat. They don’t know what harm they can do. As children grow, it will be easier to see if they’re mature enough to handle a cat.
Brush your cat’s fur regularly. Brushing spreads natural oils throughout a cat’s fur, and also helps stimulate blood flow in their skin. In addition, it helps to reduce loose hair. Brushing eliminates the formation of hairballs which may choke your cat and lead to buildup of excess hair in the abdomen when the cat grooms himself.
Take the time to make your cat familiar and comfortable with a carrier. Understand that cats don’t react to punishment as well as dogs. Positive reinforcement is a better training tool for cats. Put the carrier in a comfortable place and fill it with treats and toys. The cat will feel safe when it enters this carrier after a while. This takes the hassle out of traveling with your cat in its carrier.
Buy your cat a fountain it can drink from. Cats like running water in the wild, as well as in the home. Cats respond well to this stream of water. Cats often like the running water more than their own bowl of water. A fountain will allow your cat to drink like he or she is in the wild.
It’s not easy to be a cat owner sometimes, but is is very rewarding. These tips will improve your relationship no matter what type of cat you own. Soon you’ll be dealing with a happier cat.