For those who don’t know, feral cats live in the streets. A good portion of the domesticated cat population is composed of them and they can sometimes be trouble. Continue reading to learn all you can about having a pet cat.
Cats love to squeeze into tiny spaces. If they have a collar, this can be a safety issue if they get stuck. A breakaway collar will let go if it is pulled on too tightly. It can really be a life saver for your cat.
Think about putting a microchip in your pet. Indoor cats could run out your door or jump out the window. Tags and collars can help you cat return home, but cats can wiggle out of them or risk injury by snagging them on a tree branch or bush. A microchip, on the other hand, is inserted near your cat’s shoulder blades, takes only a second to do, and all of your current contact info can be read through the chip. Most shelters and veterinarians can scan your pet to read the information on the chip, and the chip cannot be lost since it is beneath the skin.
Normally cats are nocturnal animals. Because of this, night time is when they are most active. Close the door to prevent the noise from getting to you. This should help them from waking you during the night, pouncing on your feet under the covers.
Always provide your feline with special attention and affection. They want warm companionship since that’s what they provide to you. Cats have a need to communicate with others to show they are part of the family. They want to feel like a contented and satisfied member of the family.
Cats are known for spending inordinate amounts of time grooming themselves. When your cat has long hair, this can cause hairballs. To help prevent this from occurring, buy your cat special food. Look for cat food that is designed to minimize hairballs to keep you and your cat happier.
Crystals form in urine from male cats. This can be prevented with good food choices. It is painful for your cat to pass these crystals and the cost to have this treated by a vet is high. Keep your cat’s diet low in levels of magnesium. Read the label. You will notice that fish-based foods and products are higher in levels of magnesium than anything sourced from poultry.
Anytime you travel with a cat, their ears should be monitored. You may be tempted to blast your favorite songs at top volume. Cats, on the other hand, would probably prefer that you didn’t. Keep your music off, and talk to your cat instead.
There needs to be set boundaries with your children and a new kitty. Let your children know which areas of the house are off-limits for the cat. If your cat is going to be one that stays inside, let the kids know that it’s not allowed outside. Setting the rules in advance will ensure your children understand.
Try to figure out why your cat makes meowing sounds. As you develop a relationship with your cat over time, it will become easier to determine why she is meowing. The cat might want something to eat, or just to go outside. Listen to what’s she’s trying to tell you, and you’ll begin to understand her cues.
Don’t toss an older scratching post just because it looks worn. Your cat will enjoy the post most when it has been well used. When you bring in a new post, the cat may ignore it.
Treat your cat to a good quality cat food. Your cat needs a lot of protein from meat, so read the labels before you choose a food. Try to avoid foods that consist of corn, or other non-protein elements. Cats in the wild are meat eaters, and domestic cats need meat to ensure optimum health.
Give your cat a water fountain. Cats who are in the wild prefer to drink from running water, and this holds true for domestic cats, as well. Cats respond well to this stream of water. In fact, some cats prefer running sink water to their own water bowls. A fountain will give them the same effect, and it is more environmentally friendly.
It’s important that cats get play time. Actually playtime is very common for all animals, especially cats and people despite their age. Your old cat will not play as much but will still appreciate the excitement. Take time and play with your cat regularly.
Now you should have no trouble helping your cat to have the best life it possibly can. Cats are very loving creatures, once you get to know them. It takes a certain level of basic preparation and know-how to handle a cat properly. Perhaps you will fall in love with a feral cat.