There many reasons why cats make great pets. In addition to being fun and entertaining, having a cat will prevent rodents and other pests from getting in your home. With a cat in your home, you aren’t likely to worry about fending off these nuisances.
You need to take your pet to the vet on a regular basis. Your cat should have regular well visits, as well as all the recommended vaccinations for his age. Do your best to use the same vet for your cat’s entire life. They’ll understand what your cat has been through.
You can also consider outfitting your cat with a chip so you can monitor its whereabouts. Even though a cat may live inside, you never know if it will run out the door to escape. Collars and tags can help get your cat home, however cats are experts at wiggling out of these, not to mention the risk they pose if they were to get snagged on a bush or tree branch. A microchip will hold the contact information to reach you and it’s only about as big as a piece of rice. Nearly all veterinarians and shelters now have scanners capable of reading the information on these chips, and since they are under the skin, there is no chance of the chip getting lost.
Create a tablecloth for the feline. Sometimes cats prefer to remove food from their bowls and eat it from the floor. If this occurs, you will have a mess on your hands. An easier way to do that is to either buy a placemat and put it underneath the cat bowl, or to cut a bit of fabric to use as a tablecloth that you can pick up and wash or shake over the garbage can.
When getting a little kitty for your kid, set boundaries beforehand. Make sure the children know where the cat is and is not allowed to roam. If your cat is going to be one that stays inside, let the kids know that it’s not allowed outside. Creating rules and boundaries will help the children learn what is allowed.
Try to figure out why your cat meows. Once you become familiar with your cat and its needs, it will become easier to determine what he needs when he meows. Maybe she wants to go out, or maybe she wants to eat. You should pay attention to these cues and you will eventually learn to decipher them.
Think twice before leaving a child alone with a kitten. Children under five years old should always be supervised when interacting with a pet. Younger children cannot fully understand how to properly handle a small pet. As they grow, you will be able to decide when it is the right time for them to handle a cat or kitten without supervision.
Take time to train your cat to go into a car carrier. Cats and dogs do not usually respond the same ways to punishment. Encouragement is usually a much better option. Put their favorite toy and blanket in a carrier. Leave it somewhere they always go to. After some time, your cat will respond better to the carrier. It’s a much easier way to get the cat in.
Be patient with your pets when you introduce a second cat into your home. There will be an inevitable adjustment period as your two cats get to know each other. They may fight with each other initially. If you give them enough time though, chances are good they will befriend each other and enjoy the extra company.
Prior to adopting any long-haired cat, make sure you understand the extra work involved. There is no denying that long-haired cats are beautiful, but that beautiful coat takes a lot of work and also means a lot of shedding. Long-haired cats can be very high maintenance over the course of the year. There will be hairball issues as well.
Although cats may not be considered man’s best friend like dogs are, they can make excellent household pets. Cats are natural hunters and nearly always get their kill, and with much more ease than a big dog. It’s not surprising that cats are popular given the attributes that have been described.