A cat is an inquisitive, affectionate, loving addition for any family, and adopting one can add a great deal of quality time to your life. You may also want to contribute to their play time with fun toys and activities. That doesn’t mean shelling out for expensive toys, either. These tips will improve your abilities as an owner.
Never use something that is intended for a canine on your feline. Cats will have a reaction that’s negative towards a product made for dogs. Be very careful with the flea products you use. Flea products meant for dogs can seriously harm or kill a cat. Your cat needs to be away from the dog after your dog has received a flea treatment.
Keep your cat from having a shocking experience by spraying electrical cords with bitter apple. If your cat still insists on chewing your cords, try to cover as many of them as possible. You can hide away any cords inside the rolls that come inside paper towels. Any electrical cords that are really thin (and very tempting) should really be hidden whenever possible.
Cats are frequently nocturnal in their habits. This means nighttime is an active time for your cat. If your cats are busy keeping you awake early, just close your bedroom door. This will prevent them from entering your sleeping space and awakening you.
The cat’s litter box should be placed in the right spot. Keep the litter from the cat food, and avoid placing it in a busy area. The area should also be well ventilated so that it doesn’t smell too badly. This will keep both you and your cat happy.
Some male cats get urinary crystals, but this is preventable with proper diet. It can be painful to pass these crystals and your vet bill will be priced accordingly. Choose a low magnesium food. Read the label. You will notice that fish-based foods and products are higher in levels of magnesium than anything sourced from poultry.
If your cat is traveling with you, remember their ears. You may love loud music, bit it might be bothering your cat. Turn down the music and let the cat rest.
Let your cat get comfortable using a carrier. While punishment is a good strategy to train dogs, it is not adapted to cats. Cats are better trained by using patient encouragement. Place a beloved blanket or item inside the carrier and let it stay open near the cat’s usual haunts. Your cat will start to venture into their carrier more often, until they are completely comfortable with it. Transporting the carrier with your cat inside makes your next trip out much easier.
Do not throw away your cat’s scratching post because it is starting to look very old and worn. When a post is worn, your cats may enjoy it more. Your cat might not want to use the new scratching post and start ruining your furniture instead.
Buy your cat a fountain to drink from. Wild cats like to drink flowing water, and domestic cats are the same. A constant stream of water will entice them to stay hydrated. Cats will often drink from a running sink and actually prefer it over the water in their bowl. Installing a drinking fountain for your cat is a more eco-friendly way to provide it with some running water.
If your cat’s about to have kittens, create a spacious area in which she can do so. The birth process can last up to four hours, which means you must exercise patience. If you suspect that there are more kittens inside your cat and it has been six hours of labor or more, you should take your cat to the veterinarian immediately.
It is possible that placing the litter box in a new part of the house will help your cat to bond with it. Cats know that during the elimination process they are left somewhat vulnerable, so moving the box to a more private area should help. Some good places would be basements, laundry rooms, and any other place that doesn’t have a lot of noise and people going in and out.
Sometimes, foods are healthy for humans but not for cats. Some of these include onions, grapes, garlic and green tomatoes. They can really hurt a cat if ingested. Milk is also not especially good for your cat’s stomach.
Be aware of any panting. Panting is dogs is normal. While panting can be a sign that your cat is overheated or anxious, it can also be a sign of something much more serious. Take the cat to a veterinarian, especially if they’ve experienced previous breathing problems.
You and your cat are on your way to happy and healthy lives. Not every cat likes every activity. A healthy cat will make your days much more enjoyable.