Curiosity is what cats are famous for. They can ignore you for hours, only to suddenly demand your undivided attention. They can be confusing sometimes, but there is nothing like a purring cat on your lap. The following tips can help you deal with your cat’s confusing behavior.
Never use something that is intended for a canine on your feline. Cats don’t like dog products. This particularly applies to flea products. Using dog flea products on your cat can kill them. Actually, it is best to separate the cat from the dog once the flea problem has been treated.
Make sure your cat has a collar and tag if outside. Cats can roam far, so a tag will ensure you find them quickly when they’re lost. You have to be sure you have your pet’s name and number written on the tag.
Spray bitter apple on electrical cords to keep cats away from them. If your cat still prefers to chew on cords, then you have to make sure they stay covered. Hide those loose cords and keep them out of sight in no longer needed paper towel rolls. Put away electronics that have tempting, thin cords when you’re not using them.
Your cat’s claws can wreck havoc on your furniture. If you have a cat that is wreaking havoc, buy a scratching post. Give them some encouragement and let them know it is okay to scratch that. It might take a little while, but eventually it should stop the problem.
It’s not easy convincing your pet that the kitchen counter is a no-cats zone. Cats enjoy heights, as they can monitor events from their perch. It helps to provide your cat with certain high spaces where it is allowed. If you don’t want your cats to jump on your counters, you can put a cat condo in or around the kitchen.
Use a tablecloth underneath your cat’s dish. Some cats like removing food from their bowl and eating it beside their bowl. Sometimes, this results in food outside the bowl that you have to clean up. A simpler way to do this is by getting a place-mat and placing it under their bowl. You can also cut some fabric to make a tablecloth that can be lifted, washed, or shaken over a trash can.
Think hard before allowing your cat outside. The outside world is very dangerous for cats. Your cat may get fleas or have other problems. Cats can also be hunted by other animals, stolen or hit by passing vehicles. If the cat must go outside, set aside a small part of the backyard or front lawn as a place where they can go.
Understand that leaving a small kitten together with small children can be dangerous to both. A child less than five years old should not be left alone with a small pet. Little children do not have the necessary skills yet to handle a pet by themselves. Once the child grows up a little, he might be more able to handle the kitten.
Never try to teach a cat to use a litter box. This is not something that needs to be taught. In fact, it comes naturally for them. Many people think rubbing a cat’s paws in litter will teach them to use the litter box, but it might actually traumatize them.
Cats may make a small mess outside their litter box. Many times this occurs because the box wasn’t well maintained. Punishing your cat will make it afraid of being close to you.
Cats can be a strange and mercurial breed, but they are most definitely good companions if you get close to them. Use the advice you have just read to give your cat the care it deserves. By properly caring for your cat, you can help ensure that he is a happy cat.