A lot of new cat owners are not sure about what they should expect. When one adopts unprepared, bad things can happen. You can’t ever be 100% prepared when you own a pet. The best plan is to use the tips in this article to prepare yourself and then expect to be surprised.
If your cat is a female, be sure to get her spayed when she is old enough. While your cat may be an indoor one, there is always the possibility it can get out and you wind up with kittens one day. Spaying a cat can prevent this.
Never use a product on your cat that is intended for dogs. Cats don’t like dog products. This warning applies to products for getting rid of fleas. Some products designed for dogs could be harmful to your cat. Actually, it is best to separate the cat from the dog once the flea problem has been treated.
It can be hard to make your cat stay off the counter. Cats naturally love heights so they can easily see everyone and everything. To help prevent your cat from doing this, you can establish tall places specifically for your cat. Placing a cat tower by the kitchen can keep cats from getting on counters.
Microchip your cat. Even indoor cats can decide to run away at a moment’s notice, escaping through an open window. A collar and identification tags can help bring your pet back to you. But experts point out that collars that do not snap apart quickly if your cat gets it caught on a branch or even a bush can accidentally strangle your cat. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. Most vets and animal shelters will have a microchip scanner and because it’s under the animal’s skin it can never become lost.
Cats are usually more active during the night. This means their behavior is quite active during the night. One way to deal with a kitten’s playful activity at night is just to shut your door. This will prevent them from entering your sleeping space and awakening you.
Do not isolate the litter box in a distant place. Try and put it in an isolated area away from the cat bowl. Choose an area that is well-ventilated to avoid bad smells. Your cat will certainly appreciate your efforts, and you will too!
Look online for cat medicine. There are some times when this isn’t a good idea, like when you’re dealing with a pet related emergency. But, if your cat is on a regular medication, you can save quite a bit by buying it online.
Cats enjoy being in high places. Providing a safe environment for your cat is key to its happiness. If you can’t afford a cat tree, give the cat an empty shelf of his own. Make it extra comfortable by adding a blanket or cushion.
Give your cat a wide array of foods in order to prevent pickiness. If they only eat the same food, they may never eat another food in the future.
Ensure that your cat wears a collar and identification tags at all times. This is even true for indoor cats. The lure of an open door or window is very attractive to your curious cat. Your cat’s identification tags should provide your contact info and that of your veterinarian. This is also essential if they have specific medical needs.
Such training concepts are useful for all types of cats. There are raising concepts that are shared among cats, but there can still be some variation. More important than anything else is to enjoy every precious moment with you new little kitten.