Taking care of a cat is complex. You may not fully understand their preferences for years after you adopt them. That said, if you know what you are doing, you’ll get better outcomes, even if you don’t completely understand what your cat wants. These tips can help you give them necessary care.
You should not use products designed for other animals. Cats are known to have severe negative reactions when exposed to products designed for dogs. Be very careful with the flea products you use. Your cat may die if you use dog flea products on it. If your dog has been treated for fleas, keep him away from your cat for at least three hours.
A lot of cat owners have a hard time keeping their cats off the counter. Cats have a natural predilection for staking out a nice elevated place where they have a good view of their surroundings. You can remedy this by creating some place up high that you can can enjoy hanging out in. A cat tower near the kitchen will ensure that cats won’t lay on your counter.
Consider having your cat fitted with a microchip. Even indoor cats get out sometimes. Cat collars are a great thing to have in case your cat gets lost, but they also pose a risk if they get caught on something. A teeny microchip can hold your contact information. Every shelter and most veterinarian offices have microchip scanners that can read the chips, and best of all, they chips can’t be lost.
Don’t allow your cat become bored. Play and exercise are both important for cats’ well-being. The unfortunate thing is that many owners of cats don’t realize this. A bored cat may fall victim to depression, compulsive disorders or issued that can be harmful to their health. Give them toys and things to do. Be sure your cat has something they can climb and something they can scratch if they stay inside.
Online outlets offer better prices for cat medicine than vets. In some cases you may not be able to buy online, in the case of emergencies, for instance. But for routine medication purchases, you may find a discount of 50 percent online.
Cats are great pets, but little ones may not understand that they are fragile. You need to show your children how the cat should be treated. Children need to know how to hold a cat and what sorts of play a cat likes. Cats have weaker bones than dogs so should be treated carefully.
If your cat dirties the space near his litter box, don’t punish them. Check out the box instead and see if it has been neglected; this is often a cause of accidents. Punishments given to the cat will just make him or her less willing to be around its owner going forward.
Ensure that your cat wears a collar and identification tags at all times. This is essential, even for indoor pets. Your cat will go out as soon as you leave a door or a window open. Include your contact number along with the name of your veterinarian. This will be important especially if you have a cat with medical issues.
Understand that all cats need exercise and play time. Playing is an activity that is very popular with mammals of any age, and this includes cats and people. Older cats may not have much energy, but they still like to play. Make an effort to have playtime with your cat regularly.
This article will provide you with useful tips on how to take good care of your pet. Keep them in mind as you care for kitty. Then, he MIGHT start being nice to you. Never say never!