It isn't easy to adopt a cat and quickly get up-to-speed on how to care for it. Learning about cats can help make your time together more productive. But because they are curious creatures, some mishaps will still occur even with planning. But to lessen the issues early on, use the advice shared here!
Keep drape cords away from cats. Cats should not be allowed to play with these cords, as they can get parts of their body stuck in the cord loops. This may hurt them or possibly cause death. Pin and hide drape cords to avoid this.
You need to take your pet to the vet on a regular basis. In addition to checking the health of your cat, a vet can give him any needed shots. Do your best to keep the same vet for your pet's entire life. This also allows the vet to become more familiar with your cat's unique health needs and personality.
Make sure your cat sees a vet regularly to maintain their good health. They need a check-up and possibly vaccinations. Cats need to be seen by a vet right away if there are injuries or health problems that don't go away.
Don't try using dog food or products for your cat. Cats often have negative reactions to dog products. Flea products for dogs are one of the worst products to give a cat. Flea treatments made for a dog can be fatal to a cat. After your dog receives a flea treatment, keep your cat away for at least a few hours.
An outdoor cat must always wear a tag on its collar. Cats can range far from your home and the tag will help them find their way home. The tag should contain your name and number for contact purposes.
A microchip for your cat is something that you should really consider. Your pet may be an indoor cat, but that doesn't mean it'll never dash through your door or slide outside via an open window. A collar with tags increases your chances of getting your cat back if it gets lost but it can also be a risk, for instance if it gets snagged in some branches. Your name and the best way to contact you can be encoded on the chip, which is tiny. Nearly all veterinarians and shelters now have scanners capable of reading the information on these chips, and since they are under the skin, there is no chance of the chip getting lost.
Make sure that you never neglect your cat. Cats are by nature companion animals, but that companionship goes two ways. They are social creates which need reassurance. They should feel like a valued family member as well.
Cats love to be clean. If the cats hair is too long, this is what causes hairballs. There are special foods you can give to your cat to reduce this problem. Some foods are enriched in fibers and vitamins to facilitate the digestion of the hairballs.
Do you happen to own both a dog and a cat? Dogs are known for eating other pet's food. This makes it a good idea to have a cat feeding place high up enough that your dog can't get to it. This will help you to be sure that the animals won't fight over the water either after they've eaten all their food.
If your cat relieves itself somewhere other than its litter page box, it shouldn't be punished. Check out the box instead and see if it has been neglected; this is often a cause of accidents. If you get mad, they'll never use the box again.
If your cat has a scratching post that is beginning to look worn, don't get rid of it. To your cat the post is just right. Tossing it and getting a new one may cause your cat to find something old to scratch like your furniture.
The tips you just read over can help any cat owner, no matter what their cat's breed is. You also need to get to know your cat better so you can adapt to its needs and habits. If you're not having fun after you adopt a cat, there is a serious problem.
Last updated 665 days ago by Suellen Cannon