Cats are curious creatures. Though they seem independent, they also appear to be thoroughly needy sometimes. Cats are mysterious, fascinating, and also very comforting animals. Check out these tips to help you better understand and help your furry little friend.
Cats can get into even the tiniest of spaces. If they have a collar on, this can be dangerous. Collars designed to release when sufficient force is applied (“breakaway” collars) are a great idea. This will help you save your cat’s life.
It can be tricky to keep a cat off the kitchen counters. They love to be able to look around from up high. 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.
Get a microchip for your cat. Even indoor cats get out sometimes. A collar and identification tags can help bring your pet back to you. But experts point out that collars that do not snap apart quickly if your cat gets it caught on a branch or even a bush can accidentally strangle your cat. A microchip is tiny, similar in size to a single rice grain and capable of holding plenty of information. These days, pretty much all shelters and vet offices have scanners that can read these chips, and because they’re beneath your pet’s skin, they won’t ever get lost.
Sometimes children get too excited when playing with a new cat and may mishandle them. Teach your kid how to properly handle a cat. Teach them about appropriate activities and how to gentle pick up the cat. Cats have weaker bones than dogs do, and must be treated accordingly.
When you buy a small kitty for your children, set the boundaries ahead of time. Make sure your children know what rooms the cat can go into and what rooms it can’t. If you’re planning on keeping your kitty inside full time, make sure your kids know their pet shouldn’t go outdoors. Clearly explaining the rules will limit future mishaps.
Do you have both a cat and dog? Dogs will generally try to eat the cat’s food whenever the opportunity comes along. This is why you should have a feeding area for your cat that is too high for the dog to reach. This also ensures that there are no squabbles over the water between the two, when the food is gone.
Never try to teach a cat to use a litter box. They will do it on their own and don’t need to be taught. Don’t try to force them into the litter box by rubbing their paws or face in it.
Never punish a cat for a mess outside of its box. If your cat makes a mess, it’s probably because their litter box is not properly cared for. Punishing the cat will only make him afraid to be around you in the future.
Increase the variety of food that you give your cat. By feeding the cat the same kind of food over and over again, they become used to that specific food. Good luck getting it to try something new!
Get a drinking fountain for your cat. When cats are out in the wild they like to drink running water, and this is true in your home as well. They are more likely to get plenty of water when it is running. In fact, there are cats that enjoy drinking from a running sink instead of a bowl. This is a more natural way for them to drink.
Keep a collar with ID on your cat. This is essential, even for indoor cats. Cats are curious by nature, and an open window or door invites exploration. Your cat’s identification tags should provide your contact info and that of your veterinarian. Include medical issues if appropriate.
Cats can be a strange and mercurial breed, but they are most definitely good companions if you get close to them. Work with these tips found here to make their everyday lives as good as they can be. Healthy and happy cats that are loved by owners are good friends to live with.