Cats are extremely complex animals. Cats require different grooming techniques than dogs. A little extra care and attention is needed to keep them looking good. This article will provide some useful tips on the care of your feline companions.
If you own a female cat, you should have her spayed when she is old enough. Even if she spends her time indoors, it is possible for her to escape while in heat, causing an unwanted pregnancy. Unless you want the hassle of getting rid of kittens, spaying is the best option for your cat.
A cat’s claws can do significant damage to your home and belongings. If you are having problems with your cat clawing up furniture, then purchase a scratching post or kitty tower. They can scratch the post instead. Your cat will eventually understand they should only use the post or tower for scratching.
Create a little tablecloth for your cat. Some cats prefer to remove their food from the dish and eat it off to the side. That can mean a bigger mess for you to clean. Think about putting a placemat underneath the bowl or make your own tablecloth out of fabric.
If your cat is excessively meowing, try to figure out why. As you develop a relationship with your cat over time, it will become easier to determine why she is meowing. She could be trying to tell you she’s hungry or needs to go outside. Watch their cues to learn more about them.
Just because your family did it when you were a child, does not mean allowing your cat to go outside is a wise decision. Cats come to harm outside every day. Cats can attract fleas and other parasites. Your cat could be injured by other animals, people and vehicles. If you think your pet needs to go outside, think about enclosing a back patio with metal mesh or some type of heavy screen to keep your cat inside, yet allow them to experience the outdoors.
Are you the owner of both a dog and cat? Dogs will eat a cat’s food any time they’re given the chance. You should create a feeding space for the cat that is much too high for a dog to get to. This also ensures that there are no squabbles over the water between the two, when the food is gone.
Talk to others when you have a problem with your cat. You won’t have the knowledge to handle every cat issue properly, so take advantage of the experiences of others. Participate in online discussion boards for cat owners, or pick up the telephone and speak with your vet.
Be sure to brush or comb your cat’s fur on a regular basis. This will help stimulate blood flow. It will also remove loose hair. This avoids the hairball problem, which may lead to choking and a buildup of hair in the stomach.
Never punish a cat for a mess outside of its box. When this occurs, it tends to be because the box is not being maintained properly. Punishing your cat will make it afraid of being close to you.
Acclimate your cat to its carrier. While punishment is a good strategy to train dogs, it is not adapted to cats. Most of the time, it is better to use positive reinforcement. Leave the door to a carrier open at all times, and make the interior enticing with a beloved toy and blanket. Over time the cat will not be stressed about the carrier and will enter it voluntarily. It’s a much easier way to get the cat in.
Buy your cat a fountain to drink from. Most cats will prefer drinking water that is running over drinking water in a bowl. Cats generally respond better to a stream of water. Cats often like the running water more than their own bowl of water. A fountain will allow your cat to have the happiness of drinking from running water.
When your cat is properly cared for, it looks, feels, and behaves wonderfully. It is your responsibility to make sure your cat looks (and actually is!) healthy. The cat will love any grooming you do. These tips can be used to make your cat happy.