Lots of people have difficulties along the way after they adopt a cat. No one should get a pet without taking the steps to prepare. Lovably unpredictable cats can still come up with ways to flummox even the most well-prepared new owner, though. Luckily these tips can give you an edge and help you face the unknown.
Cats really enjoy squeezing into any and all small spaces. If you keep a collar on your pet, getting stuck in one of these spaces can be very dangerous. Breakaway collars are designed to release in these situations. A collar like this could save your cat’s life.
If your cat is getting older, you can increase it’s comfort by placing its bed over a heated tile. Just heat a one-foot square terra cotta tile in your oven at about 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Put the tile inside a towel and place it under the cat’s bedding. Change it regularly if you need to.
If your cat is a female, be sure to get her spayed when she is old enough. Even though your cat stays indoors all the time, there might be that one time she slips through the door when she goes into heat, which results in a litter of unexpected kittens. If you want to prevent this, spay your cat.
Make sure your cat is not too bored. Cats require physical activity. This is sadly overlooked by some cat owners. A bored cat may fall victim to depression, compulsive disorders or issued that can be harmful to their health. 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. If your cat is an indoor cat, a cat tower or scratching post makes an ideal source of fun and exercise.
Make sure your kids know the rules before kitty comes home. Let your children know which rooms their cat can be in. Advise your children not to let the cat out if it is to be an indoor cat. Creating rules and boundaries will help the children learn what is allowed.
You should think before allowing your cat to go outside. There are many dangers to your cat outside. The cat can get fleas or something much worse. Other animals, cars and people can hurt your cat. If you allow your cat outside, make sure you live in a reasonably safe area.
Are you a cat and dog owner? Dogs will eat a cat’s food any time they’re given the chance. Thus, you must keep cat food out of the dog’s reach. This also ensures that there are no squabbles over the water between the two, when the food is gone.
You don’t want to punish a cat if they do their business outside of their litter box. Most of the time when this happens, it is because you are not taking proper care of the box. If you get mad, they’ll never use the box again.
Do not throw away your cat’s scratching post because it is starting to look very old and worn. This is the condition that cats like the most. Your cat might not want to use the new scratching post and start ruining your furniture instead.
Make sure your cat has identification and a collar all the time. This is essential, even for indoor cats. Cats are naturally curious and a door or window that’s open invites exploration. Tags that list your contact number and vet’s name need to be worn. Veterinary information is essential if your cat needs medication.
These training tips are great for any type of cat, irrespective of breed or age. Though the concepts are the same, there will inevitably be variations and a different set of circumstances for each family. The number one thing you should do is enjoy having your cat around.