Cats are very smart, loving and fun animals but they require some attention. A new pet could be a great addition to your household but keep in mind that a cat is also a responsibility. That said, having a cat in your home is very different! These agile and intelligent creatures can be stubborn so you are going to need some information on how to do so.
Keep your cat properly groomed. Cats have to be brushed or combed on a regular basis. If yu do this quite often, it will help them stay clean. Having a clean fur coat helps reduce the amount of hairballs that get spit up around the house. Regularly grooming keeps cats looking well and keeps your home neater.
Your cat’s claws can wreck havoc on your furniture. A kitty tower can really save your furniture. It is much better if your cat uses his claws on that, rather than your furniture. Sooner or later, they’ll love to use it.
You may want to have a microchip put into your car. Even an indoor cat can get the urge to run out of a door or leap through a 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 will hold the contact information to reach you and it’s only about as big as a piece of rice. Scanners to read pet microchips are available in every town and they will not come out from under the skin.
If you are traveling with a cat in tow, be aware of the noises in your car. Although you may love singing loudly to your favorite songs while driving, your cat would probably prefer softer sounds. Try turning down your tunes or keeping it off to make your cat’s trip better.
If you are experiencing an issue with your feline friend, seek advice from others. You may wish to deal with it alone, but you may need advice from other cat owners. You can find several cat forums online where you can ask questions, or you can choose to simply call your vet for advice too.
It may be time to take your cat to see the vet if it begins urinating more frequently and in places besides its litter box. Cats sometimes behave like this if they have a urinary infection or other medical problem. In many cases, cheap antibiotics will resolve the problem and keep your cat healthy.
A long-haired cat comes with a great deal of extra care. While long haired cats are soft and look great, understand that there will be a lot more fur around the rest of the house. These breeds are best left to those with the time and energy to do a lot of cleaning. Also, give them the right food which is anti-hairball.
Take your cat for checkups and vaccinations on a regular basis to keep him healthy and strong. Not unlike kids, kittens require vaccinations and check ups every so often so that they do not get sick. Your cat is part of your family, and you should treat him as you would any other well-loved member of your household.
If you have a female cat that is in the process of giving birth, make sure you provide her a spacious area. Since there are so many kittens, the birthing process can take a few hours. If the birth takes an excessively long time or you believe a kitten is stuck inside, an immediate visit to the veterinary hospital is essential.
If your cat will not use the litter box, try placing it at a different spot in your home. Cats know that during the elimination process they are left somewhat vulnerable, so moving the box to a more private area should help. Basements, laundry rooms, and other low traffic locations are a great choice.
Dogs will wag their tails often to show their owners that they’re excited to see them. Cats also exhibit this tail-wagging behavior, but the message is different. In cats, wagging of the tail tends to indicate conflict or anxiety. If you happen to be cuddling with your cat when the wagging occurs, be prepared to loosen your grip!
You should always try to keep your cat in your home as much as you can. Free-ranging cats who spend most of their time outdoors have a shorter lifespan than those that are raised and accustomed to indoor living. Outdoor trips should be made in the company of the owner to keep cats safe from the dangers (like infections and attacks) that free-ranging cats face.
Never have a declawed cat to spend time outdoors. The cat will be unable to defend itself against other cats or animals, risking injury or even death. An indoor cat can be declawed. Even so, you will only want to get the claws up front removed. Leave the back claws, as these do not scratch your floors or furniture.
Placing sticky tape on your furnishings can be a helpful trick. Whenever your cat scratches any upholstery, sticky tape is a great way to dissuade them from doing it again. There is specific tape for this purpose. Using this tape, along with a scratching post is a great way to keep your cat from scratching up your furniture.
Outsmarting a cat may take some work, but with the tips you learned here it can become second nature. Cats will learn some basic things, like where they’re allowed or not allowed to be. That said, a well behaved cat is also a wonderful pet to have, so get down to work!