Some people believe cats are magical. Cats are smart and curious, but also cute and cuddly. This combination makes them excellent domestic animals. Unfortunately, caring for a cat is not always simple. Read this article to educate yourself on several helpful cat care tips, and apply what you learn to ensure that your cat stays happy and healthy.
If your cat is outdoors, it needs to have a tagged collar. Tags can save you a lot of trouble if your cat gets lost. At least put your phone number and pets name on the tag.
You may want to have a microchip implanted in your cat. You may not have had trouble with your cat getting loose previously, but it can happen at any time by accident. 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. Microchips are very small, and you can note your name, address and phone number in there. Almost every vet and shelter has a scanner these days, and they can retrieve your contact information should they find your pet.
Cats are partially nocturnal. They get very active at night. If your cats keep you up at night, kick them out of the bedroom. This will keep them from attacking your toes.
Your cat can take lots of time to groom themselves to what they consider “perfect.” When your cat has long hair, this can cause hairballs. There is a special food on the market that does help out with hairball issues. Some foods are enriched in fibers and vitamins to facilitate the digestion of the hairballs.
Male felines tend to have a build-up of crystals that present in the urine, so you need to avoid this with proper nutrition. Your cat will experience considerable pain when he has to pass these crystals, and it’s not an easy (or cheap) problem for your veterinarian to fix. Choose a low magnesium food. Read the label. Fish usually has more magnesium than poultry.
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. It’s easier to clean up this food by purchasing a placement and inserting it under your cat’s food bowl, or you could simply cut some fabric and make it into a tablecloth so you can easily pick up the food and throw it away.
Your cat deserves a high quality food. Look over the ingredients in the food, and be sure there is some kind of a protein source in the food. Don’t feed your cat food that includes corn or other fillers. Cats are meant to eat meat, and that means that they need to have foods that are high in protein.
If adding an additional cat to your home, give the cats a couple of weeks to get comfortable with each other. In the beginning, they may not seem to get along at all. Eventually they are going to get used to each other, and they may even end up becoming best friends.
Cats are unique creatures who can make wonderful pets if you learn all you can. Refer to the tips included here often. Take what you have learned, and use it to create a home that gives your cat a happy and healthy life.