Cats are a wonderful thing to behold. If you are going to be a cat owner, you must learn how to take care of your cat. Read on to find out how to care for him.
Spay your cat as soon as she is old enough. It is best to spay your cat, even if you want to keep it as an indoor pet. The best method of preventing your cat from pregnancy is to get her spayed.
Be sure you have a vet that your cat sees regularly so it stays healthy. A routine check-up should happen annually, and more often if necessary shots are due. If your cat has any health issues or injuries, you should try and have them seen right away.
Keep your cat away from boredom. It is necessary for them to play and get exercise. Too many cat owners forget this simple fact. Cats who get bored can actually become depressed or display other undesirable behaviors. Give them lots of space for exercise and plenty of toys they can play with. Provide them with an indoor climbing area or scratching post.
Most cats tend towards nocturnal behavior. The result is that they active while you’re sleeping. If your cat is keeping you up at night, you should close the door to your bedroom. This way, they can’t disturb you while you sleep.
Make sure that you never neglect your cat. They are very loving animals and deserve affection back. Your cat needs to socialize and get plenty of attention from everyone in your family. They should feel like a valued family member as well.
If you’re taking a trip with your cat, be sure to protect its ears. You may be tempted to blast your favorite songs at top volume. Cats, on the other hand, would probably prefer that you didn’t. So, keep your volume down, or turn it off to give your cat a better travel experience.
Remember that very young children can be a bit too rough with a cat or new kitten. Make sure your child knows how to pet a cat. Show them to pick up kitty gently and the types of activities which are appropriate. The bones of a cat are weaker than a dogs, therefore, they should be handled with care.
Do not discipline your cat if it makes a mess outside its litter box. The major cause of such accidents is usually because the litter box hasn’t been given the proper care. Punishing the cat will only make him afraid to be around you in the future.
Don’t get rid of an old scratching post. While it doesn’t appear clean and new, your cat probably thinks otherwise. For a cat, it is comfortable and familiar. If you throw it away too soon, that cat may look to your furniture for some clawing while it slowly breaks in a new scratching post.
Be patient with your pets when you introduce a second cat into your home. There will be an inevitable adjustment period as your two cats get to know each other. They might have conflict, hide from each other or swat one another. Cats usually learn to enjoy having a companion or at least put up with another one in their home.
Give your cat a collar with your contact information. Even if you have a house cat, there is a chance that he or she may get out. Don’t take any chances; make sure your pet has the proper identification so he is returned to you.
You should now know more about having a pet cat. Cats are very loving creatures, once you get to know them. Obviously, cats are living beings and you should always be considerate to the extent that is safe for you. Do your best to be a considerate and responsible cat owner.