Cats make great pets, but they can also make expensive pets. Vet bills, toys, food, and cat litter costs can make anyone reconsider owning cats. The following are a few tips that should help you to find more enjoyable, less expensive ways to care for your cat.
Prevent your cats from playing with drapery cords. Cats love to play with hanging cords and this poses the threat of your cat hurting themselves or becoming entangled. It may actually cause them some serious harm. Keep all drape cords out of reach as a preventative measure.
Look a local animal shelters for cats. Shelters are filled with beautiful cats, and the fee for adoption will basically cover the needed vet care. You really are saving a life and keeping the feline population in check all in one!
If your cat is older or sick, a heating pad may provide comfort. A terra cotta tile about a foot square is ideal. You can warm it with a 15-20 minute stop in your oven, set to approximately 200 degrees. Wrap the tile inside an unneeded towel and place it under your kitty’s favorite resting spot. Replace it every three hours or so.
Spay your cat as soon as she is old enough. It does not matter if you an indoor cat; if she gets out when in heat, you can end up with many kittens. You can prevent this by spaying or neutering your cat.
In order to be sure your cat is healthy, take them to their vet regularly. Most vets recommend yearly check-ups. If the animal requires certain vaccinations, more visits are necessary. Cats should see a vet right away if any health problems or injuries needing treatment occur.
Your home furnishings can fall victim to your cat’s sharp claws. If your cat is ripping up and shredding your home, invest in a kitty tower or scratching post. Put cat nip on it to attract them to it. It doesn’t happen overnight but with some patience, you should be able to save your house from the claws.
Give your cat lots of attention and love. They are very loving animals and deserve affection back. Like most people, cats like to socialize and feel that they are included in the family. They should feel like a valued family member as well.
When traveling on the road with your cat, understand that they are sensitive to sounds. You cat is used to being at home and it might shock him to hear you singing at the top of your lungs. So, keep your volume down, or turn it off to give your cat a better travel experience.
Try figuring out why the cat is purring. The more time you spend with your cat, the better you’ll understand what its meows mean. The cat might want something to eat, or just to go outside. Look for the cues and you’ll be much more in tune with your pet.
Despite their independent nature, cats are no less expensive than any other pet. Cats have complex requirements, which leads many people to compare their needs to those of a small child. The information here should have helped you see that you can lessen costs, but still give you the ability to give your cat tip top care.