If you’re not used to cats because you’ve never had one, then you need to learn a few things first. Adopting a new kitten is a great way to help keep this population of wild animals down and you will find that a cat is a great pet to have. Many businesses lose customers and money because of these cats.
Local rescue organizations are a great place to look for a new pet cat. Sometimes, you may find the cat of your dreams at a shelter. Taking a cat home with you means that a life has been saved.
Make sure that your cat is well groomed. Cats have to be brushed or combed on a regular basis. If you do this often, their coat will stay clean. Doing this will also help alleviate hairballs and excessive shedding. Brushing your cat will keep your home cleaner, too.
If you’d like to make an elderly cat’s bed more comfy, stick a heated tile beneath its bed. Just get a tile and heat it up in the oven for a while to place under the cat’s bed. Keep the temperature of the oven at 200 degrees. You should wrap it with a towel and place it under the bed your cat uses. When the tile cools down, change it out for a fresh, warm one.
Put a collar on any cats which go outside. This can help if your cat becomes lost while wandering in the great outdoors. At least put your phone number and pets name on the tag.
Think about getting a microchip implanted in your cat. Even an indoor cat could someday jump through an open window. Collars or tags can identify your cat, but cats can wiggle out of those, and they are also at risk of getting hung up on something. Microchips are as small as a rice grain and have all of your important contact information. Almost every vet and shelter has a scanner these days, and they can retrieve your contact information should they find your pet.
Your cat needs to be shown lots of love. Cats provide warmth and affection, and they also require the same from you. Cats need social time with the family just like people do so that they know that they are valued. Your cat wants to be as much a member of the family as anyone else.
If you get a small kitten for your children, make sure they understand the rules ahead of time. Let your kids know where the cat can go. If you want the cat to be an inside cat, let the children know he cannot go outdoors. If you make the rules ahead of time, you can be sure your kids understand them.
Your cat should like their carrier. You cannot train a cat the same way you train a dog because they react differently to punishment. Most of the time, it is better to use positive reinforcement. Put their favorite toy and blanket in a carrier. Leave it somewhere they always go to. Soon, your cat will naturally enter the carrier. A cat who is used to a carrier will not mind traveling, meaning it will be a much less stressful experience for them.
You should now be able to step outside of your residence and defend against stray cats invading your yard. If left unchecked, stray cats can do a lot of damage. Be wary handling or trying to remove feral cats from your yard. Cats, whether feral or indoor, deserve a loving home.