Cats have been the companion of choice by many for hundreds of years. They’ve been subjects in many musicals, movies, and poems. It shouldn’t be surprising then why cats feel like they are the ones running the show! In the following paragraphs, you’ll find tips on how to be a better cat owner.
Make sure you don’t allow your cat to be around drape cords. Don’t let the cat play with them since they can jump into them or play with them and get them around their neck if they have loops. This may hurt them or possibly cause death. Make sure that the cords are completely out of sight.
If you want a cat to feel like it’s more comfortable, a heated tile may be able to help. Just heat a one-foot square terra cotta tile in your oven at about 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Then, wrap this up into a towel and place it underneath your cat’s bed. If necessary, change this out every few hours.
Taking your cat to the vet is part of being a responsible pet owner. They should go in for a routine check-up at least once a year, possibly more if they need important shots. Cats should go to a vet immediately if they have any conditions, health problems, or injuries that need to be tended to right away.
Put a collar on any cats which go outside. Cats sometimes travel a bit when outside, and a tag prevents any mishaps due to your cat being lost. Even if the tag just has your phone number, it can be the difference between your pet coming home and being lost forever.
Deter your cat from chewing on inappropriate things by using bitter apple. You can also cover your cords under a rug or tape them to walls. You can hide away any cords inside the rolls that come inside paper towels. If you have electrical cords laying out that are not being used, put them away as cats can play with them and then move on to live electrical cords.
Don’t let your cat’s days pass without stimulation and excitement! Cats need to play and get regular exercise. Sadly, this can be easily overlooked. Bored cats can develop depression and other harmful health conditions. Make sure you give them lots of toys and room to play. You need to provide your cats with something they can climb and scratch.
Male felines tend to have a build-up of crystals that present in the urine, so you need to avoid this with proper nutrition. Passing such crystals is a painful experience for your cat, and your wallet isn’t going to enjoy the vet bill. Food with a low magnesium content will help. This means you should pay attention to labels on food. Cat food with lots of fish tends to have more magnesium, while products with lots of poultry tend to have less.
Remember that very young children can be a bit too rough with a cat or new kitten. Make sure your kids understand how cats should be handled. Show them to pick up kitty gently and the types of activities which are appropriate. Tell them that a cat’s bones need to be handled more gently than those of a dog.
Use care if you have kids and a cat. Never leave a pet alone with a child who is any younger than five. They don’t know what harm they can do. Wait until your child gets older, and pay close attention to whether or not they’re mature enough to hold or handle a tiny pet.
Your cat will think it is the boss of everything. The tips included above will help you better care for this precious member of your family. Cats work well as pets, especially if you follow the advice listed here.