Cats are constant companions wherever humans choose to live, whether they’re kept as pets or left to fend for themselves in the streets. These abandoned kittens make up nearly half of the population of domesticated felines and can become a troublesome pest if you live in urban areas. Keep reading for some excellent advice about taking care of your pet.
You need to take your pet to the vet on a regular basis. Your vet will provide your cat with the shots it needs to prevent disease. Your vet can also check the overall health of your cat. Try to stay with the same veterinarian throughout your pet’s life. This will ensure they know the history of your cat well.
A heated tile for underneath your cat’s bed can provide real comfort. You can do this simply with a terra cotta tile measuring a square foot. Heated in your oven around 200 degrees, it can be ready in as little as 15 minutes. Wrap it tightly in a towel and place it under the cat bed. Replace it every three hours or so.
Prevent your cat from chewing on electrical cords by spraying bitter apple on them. Keep your cords covered if you feel like your cat is hellbent on chewing them. Tuck loose cords into old toilet paper or paper towel rolls. Put your electronics away so your cat is not tempted to chew on the cords.
Pick a good spot for the cat’s litter box. Never put the box near your cat’s food, and pick a quiet place away from areas that are heavily used. In addition, you should ensure you place the litter box in a well-ventilated area to minimize the smell. This will keep both you and your cat happy.
Put your cat’s food on a tablecloth. Some cats prefer removing their food from the bowl and eating it on the side. If this happens, you’ll have to clear away any excess food that’s left outside. To simplify your clean up duties, place a ready made placemat under the dish or purchase some inexpensive fabric and use it like a tablecloth.
You cannot teach a cat to use a litter box. Cats instinctively understand what to do and teaching is not required. Don’t try to force them into the litter box by rubbing their paws or face in it.
Purchase high quality food for your cat. You should check the ingredients and make sure the food you give your cat includes a healthy source of protein, such as chicken, fish or beef. Stay way from cat foods made of corn or any other ingredients that aren’t based in protein. Since cats are carnivorous, they require animal protein to stay in the best health.
If you plan to add a second cat to your household, be sure to allow two to three weeks for your resident cat and the new cat to get used to each other. They may hide from one another, hiss, or even swat each other. After a bit of time, you’ll have two cats that will tolerate, and possibly enjoy, each other.
If you notice that your cat has stopped using its litter box, you’ll want to contact your vet. This could be a side effect of a health problem. This is especially true if the cat has kidney or bladder problems. Call your veterinarian right away if your cat doesn’t use the litter box.
You should always try to keep your cat in your home as much as you can. Cats trained to live inside instead of outside live longer according to certain studies. Outdoor trips should be made in the company of the owner to keep cats safe from the dangers (like infections and attacks) that free-ranging cats face.
You are now ready to protect your home and pets from feral cats. Cats can make great companions. Of course, cats are still sensitive animals and should be handled with care! You might even take to one of the feral cats.