Cats are a wonderful thing to behold. Adopting a new kitten is a great way to help keep this population of wild animals down and you will find that a cat is a great pet to have. Keep reading for some excellent advice about taking care of your pet.
Cats really enjoy squeezing into any and all small spaces. They can get caught or stuck if they happen to be wearing a collar. Collars designed to release when sufficient force is applied (“breakaway” collars) are a great idea. That’ll keep kitty safe.
If you have an old cat, you can help make its bed more comfortable by placing heated tiles underneath it. Just get a tile and heat it up in the oven for a while to place under the cat’s bed. Keep the temperature of the oven at 200 degrees. Wrap the tile in a towel and then put it under the bed. Change it out every few hours if you feel the need.
It can be hard to prevent your cat from jumping on the counter. If your cat is high, he can see everything that is going on. You can get your cat to quit doing this if you make areas that it can climb up to. Placing a cat tower by the kitchen can keep cats from getting on counters.
Think about getting a microchip for your feline friend. Even an indoor cat can get the urge to run out of a door or leap through a window. Cats can get out of a collar or, worse, have that collar choke them to death. A microchip is tiny, similar in size to a single rice grain and capable of holding plenty of information. Many vets and shelters have scanners that can read these chips and since they lie under their skin, they won’t get lost.
Being nocturnal is quite normal for cats. They get very active at night. If your cat’s activities are keeping you awake at night, try keeping your bedroom door shut. Your cat will not bother you in the middle of the night if this area is off limit.
Little kids shouldn’t be left alone near cats. Spend time instructing your children on cat care. Demonstrate how the cat should be petted and handled and encourage your children to be very gentle. Cats need to be protected, too. Their bones are much more susceptible than dogs.
If your cat constantly meows, you need to try to figure out why. After living with your cat for long, it’s easier to interpret its meows. Your cat might need food or might want to go out. By taking note of your cat’s cues, you’ll understand it more.
If your thinking about allowing your cat to go outside, you may want to reconsider. This could be harmful and unsafe. They can get fleas, feline AIDS or even leukemia. They might get injured by some other animals, vehicles, or people. If the cat must go outside, set aside a small part of the backyard or front lawn as a place where they can go.
Never try to teach a cat how to work a litter box. Using the litter box will come naturally to your cat. While many pet owners try to introduce their cats to a litter box by rubbing their front paws in the sand, this can sometimes traumatize your furry friend.
Get your cat used to a carrier. Cats are not as responsive to punishment as dogs are. They like responding to encouragement better. Therefore, place your cat’s favorite toy into its career. Leave the carrier open in a location that your cat frequently visits. Your cat will want to inspect the carrier and probably enjoy hiding inside. Once this is achieved, you can transport your cat inside the carrier much easier.
To avoid having a picky cat, switch up the kinds of foods you give him. When you give the same thing day after day, it becomes boring.
Canned food is an excellent choice for cats. It is usually more expensive than dry food, but it is more beneficial. It has water content, which is good for cats with bladder issues. Aging cats can chew this easier. Talk to the veterinarian prior to making any big changes; but, usually, canned food is best for your cat.
Really consider where you place the litter box. It’s sometimes tempting to put the box somewhere that you don’t have to smell or see it. The litter box should be somewhere that is easy for your cat to get to, however. Cats are quite finicky, so it is important to make their bathroom environment appealing them them or risk messes throughout the house. The area around the litter box should be comfortable and warm to walk on, so make adjustments as needed.
Keep your cat’s vaccinations and checkups up to date with the vet. Your cat needs these periodic checks and particular immunizations in order to stay healthy. You have made your cat a family member, and you have to treat your cat accordingly.
Some food you eat isn’t good to feed your cat. These can include chocolate, grapes, onions and tomatoes. These foods can make your cat very ill. Milk is another food to stay away from.
Don’t use chemicals near your cat that have phenol. This chemical is usually in Pine-sol, Lysol, and other house cleaners. These chemicals can have a devastating impact on your cat’s liver.
You should now know more about having a pet cat. Cats can harm other pets, damage gardens and summon other cats. Cats are very sensitive of course, and you should treat them with care. Who knows, there could even be a feral cat out there that steals your heart!