If you were able to save a cat’s life, would you? Millions of cats are out there needing a loving home. All you have to do is adopt one and care for it, which you can learn how to do through this article.
Make sure you don’t allow your cat to be around drape cords. Don’t let the cat play with them since they can jump into them or play with them and get them around their neck if they have loops. This could kill them. Make sure that the cords are completely out of sight.
Cats enjoy finding small spaces to fit into. If they have a collar, this can be a safety issue if they get stuck. Collars designed to release when sufficient force is applied (“breakaway” collars) are a great idea. This can help to save a couple of your cat’s nine lives.
If your cat is older or sick, a heating pad may provide comfort. 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. Place it in an older towel and place it underneath of the feline’s bed. This should be changed a few times a day to maximize comfort.
Take your cat to the vet regularly to make sure they remain in good health. They need a check-up one time a year, or more if they require certain shots. Cats should see a vet right away if any health problems or injuries needing treatment occur.
If your cat is outdoors, it needs to have a tagged collar. Tags can save you a lot of trouble if your cat gets lost. The tag should contain the pet’s name, your phone number and your name as well.
Cat’s claws can really put a dent in your furniture. If you find your cat tearing up things around your home, buy a scratching post or cat tower. Encourage them to scratch that instead. Your cat will eventually understand they should only use the post or tower for scratching.
Generally, cats love to stay on the counter. Cats enjoy heights, as they can monitor events from their perch. One way to combat this behavior is to proved your cat with an elevated place it is okay to climb on. If you don’t want your cats to jump on your counters, you can put a cat condo in or around the kitchen.
Make sure your cat is not too bored. Cats require plenty of exercise. The unfortunate thing is that many owners of cats don’t realize this. Bored cats can really be a problem. They can have health issues, OCD, and even depression. Give them exercise space and a lot of toys. If they’re an indoor cat, get them an object to climb on or a scratching post.
Cats appreciate all the affection you can give. Most cats crave the same warmth and companionship they give their owners. Cats have a need to communicate with others to show they are part of the family. They should feel like a valued family member as well.
Cats are great family pets, but small children might be too rough. Guide your kids in handling a feline. Show them how to gently pick kitty up and what kinds of activities are appropriate. A cat’s bones can be quite fragile and they need to be treated gently.
Do not punish your cat if they make a mess in the area outside of the litter box. They’re doing it because the box is too dirty, or they may be sick. Punishments given to the cat will just make him or her less willing to be around its owner going forward.
Be sure to carrier train your cat. Cats never respond to punishment the way that dogs do. Most of the time, it is better to use positive reinforcement. Inside the carrier, put a favorite toy and blanket. Leave it open in an area the cat will see. Sooner or later, your cat will try out the appealing space and learn to be comfortable in it. Once the cat is comfortable with the carrier, you can transport it easily.
You want your cat to be wearing a collar with ID tags on a full-time basis. This is essential, even for indoor pets. Cats are curious by nature, and an open window or door invites exploration. The tag should have your name and address and also your vet’s. This will be important especially if you have a cat with medical issues.
Cat owners should be proud of loving their cats so much. You’re making a conscious decision to love an animal and provide it with the care that it needs to survive. A bond is formed that will last forever. Take good care of your pet, and it’ll take good care of you too.