Cats are amazing pets, but they can be a finicky lot! When it comes to cats, you have to be aware of many things in order to properly raise it. Continue reading to learn excellent tips on properly providing for your cat.
If you are planning to get a pet cat, be sure to check with your local shelter. There are so many great cats at shelters. The fee you will have to pay typically includes vet care. You really are saving a life and keeping the feline population in check all in one!
If your cat is female, then ensure you spay her as soon as you can. It does not matter if you an indoor cat; if she gets out when in heat, you can end up with many kittens. Spaying a cat can prevent this.
Do not use dog products on your cat. If you try to use products meant for dogs, it can make your cat sick, or even kill him. Flea products are a prime example. Your cat can die when exposed to flea prevention items made for dogs. If you treat your dog for fleas, make sure you keep the cat away for several hours following the application.
If your cat ventures outdoors, it’s key to get your cat a collar which has a contact tag. Tags can save you a lot of trouble if your cat gets lost. At the very least, you should include your contact info and the name of your cat on the tag.
Avoid letting your cat get bored. Play and exercise are both important for cats’ well-being. Sometimes, cat owners don’t realize this. Bored cats can really be a problem. They can have health issues, OCD, and even depression. Spend time playing with them, and go through a variety of toys to find ones they like and will play with while you’re busy, too. Indoor cats will be happier if you provide them with climbing resources and practical things such as scratching posts.
Cats are generally nocturnal. They are often active at nighttime. If your cats keep you up at night, kick them out of the bedroom. You can keep them from bothering you at night and getting your feet while you’re under covers.
Male felines tend to have a build-up of crystals that present in the urine, so you need to avoid this with proper nutrition. Passing those crystals hurts and having this corrected by a vet is expensive. Choose a cat food with low magnesium content. Check the ingredients list on the label. Products that have fish in them have more magnesium usually when compared to products with poultry.
Your cat has sensitive ears, especially in the car when they’re stressed out. You cat is used to being at home and it might shock him to hear you singing at the top of your lungs. Keep your music off, and talk to your cat instead.
Avoid letting your cat go outdoors. Being outside all the time is not safe for a cat. Cats can attract fleas and other parasites. Cats can be harmed by cars, people and other animals. Let your cat go out in your backyard and play on your lawn.
Are you a cat and dog owner? A dog will take any opportunity they have to eat your cats food. That’s why you should place your cat’s food in a place which is hard for your dog to reach. Separate eating spaces are a must to avoid fights between your pets.
While you may be fortunate enough to own a cat that does not require a great deal of care, many cats are a bit more finicky. Use what you’ve just learned to make wise cat care decisions. The effort expended will be well worth it, and will be rewarded in many ways.