Although cats make great pets, they can be expensive. If you are unprepared for the costs, challenges, and care associated with raising a cat, you are not likely to have a good experience. For ideas to improve your cat’s health and happiness, read on.
When considering a new pet, make sure you visit the area shelter first. They have tons of amazing cats who desperately need a home. You really are saving a life and keeping the feline population in check all in one!
When your female cat is old enough, you should have her spayed. Even if she stays inside all the time, she could get out when in heat and end up pregnant. Spaying a cat can prevent this.
Be certain your cat has regular vet visits. Your cat needs to get a checkup about once every year, or more if there are issues that come up. Make vet appointments immediately if your cat has a medical condition or has become injured.
You should get your cat a tagged collar, even if it is not legally required. Tags can save you a lot of trouble if your cat gets lost. At least put your phone number and pets name on the tag.
Never let a cat become bored. Cats require physical activity. The unfortunate thing is that many owners of cats don’t realize this. A bored cat runs the risk of developing depression and obsessive compulsive disorders that may harm them or something in your home. Give them toys they can play with, play with them yourself, or at the least give them room to exercise. An indoor cat needs a good scratching post.
Male cats may develop crystals in the urine, which usually occur as a result of a poor diet. Passing such crystals is a painful experience for your cat, and your wallet isn’t going to enjoy the vet bill. Choose a low magnesium food. Check the ingredients list on the label. Fish products tend to be higher in magnesium than poultry products.
Anytime you travel with a cat, their ears should be monitored. You may enjoy it, but it could be hurting your cat’s ears. Spare your cat’s sensitive hearing by keeping the volume down at all times.
Children usually take well to cats, but if you have a small child, you may need to provide some instruction. Make sure your kids understand how cats should be handled. Demonstrate the appropriate way to pick the cat up and how to play with them. Keep in mind that a cat’s bones are much more fragile than a dog’s.
You should try your hardest to figure out the reason that you are hearing your cat meow. As you develop a relationship with your cat over time, it will become easier to determine why she is meowing. Your cat might need food or might want to go out. By giving her the proper amount of attention you can better attend to her needs.
Never try to teach a cat how to work a litter box. This skill is something your cats pick up on their own, not something that can be taught to them. It’s not a good idea to rub your cats paws in litter. Some people think this is the way to train. It isn’t.
Don’t toss an older scratching post just because it looks worn. Your cat will enjoy the post most when it has been well used. If you toss it away in favor of something newer, your cat may look for something older to scratch, and that may end up being your furniture.
Pets can be pricy to care for and cats aren’t an exception. Cats generally need a lot of care which can be considered similar to caring for a child. As you now know, you can curtail the expenses of having cats while you still get to enjoy giving them good care.