Cats are an integral part of any household. Cats have been the subject of many poems and plays. Well-behaved, healthy cats are great for any home. Sadly, cats can be temperamental. The following advice will help you get along better with your cat.
If your cat is female, you need to get it spayed at the proper age. Even if she spends her time indoors, it is possible for her to escape while in heat, causing an unwanted pregnancy. Spray your cat so that this does not occur.
A cat can do a lot of damage to your furniture with its claws. If your couch is starting to look like it’s been put through a shredder, it’s time to invest in a nice scratching post or cat tower. Encourage your cat to scratch where you want them to. Sooner or later, they’ll love to use it.
Don’t allow your cat to get bored too often. They need exercise and they get it through play. Unfortunately, a lot of cat owners neglect this. Bored cats can suffer from depression, extreme compulsive disorders, and other harmful issues that can negatively impact their overall health and well-being. Give them plenty of room to exercise and a wide selections of toys. Indoor cats will appreciate having a structure they can climb on or a dedicated scratching post.
If your cat is male, understand that he could develop crystals inside his urine, which can be very painful to him. Therefore, prevent this issue from occurring in the first place by feeding your cat the right type of food. If they have to pass the crystals it can cause the cat a lot of pain and paying a vet to help with this can cost you a lot of money. Choose a cat food with low magnesium content. Check the ingredients list on the label. Cat food with lots of fish tends to have more magnesium, while products with lots of poultry tend to have less.
You should create a tablecloth for the cats in your home. Some cats like removing food from their bowl and eating it beside their bowl. That can mean a bigger mess for you to clean. An easier way to do that is to either buy a placemat and put it underneath the cat bowl, or to cut a bit of fabric to use as a tablecloth that you can pick up and wash or shake over the garbage can.
You should talk to other pet owners if you have an issue with yours. Although you may feel like you don’t need help, other owners may be able to give you good advice. Participate in online discussion boards for cat owners, or pick up the telephone and speak with your vet.
If your cats create messes near the litter box, don’t punish them. When this occurs, it is probably just a sign that the litter box wasn’t properly taken care of. If the cat is punished for this, they may become afraid of being around you.
Acclimate your cat to its carrier. Dogs and cats will respond differently to punishment. They need positive reinforcement. Place a loved blanket and favorite toy into a carrier and then leave the door open. Make sure it’s in an area that the cat frequents. Soon, your cat will naturally enter the carrier. It will be simpler to transport them using the carrier.
Keep old, worn scratching posts. When it is in this condition, cats tend to like it the most. Removing the post could cause your cat to look for something else scratch, possibly damaging your furniture.
When your cat is close to giving birth, provide a spacious area for her. This process can take up to five hours. When six hours passes, get to the vet immediately.
While cats can be finicky and demanding, loving and taking care of a cat can be very rewarding. The tips you’ve read can help you build a better bond with your cat. You’ll have your cat purring in no time.