There is a lot that goes into owning a cat. Do not expect grooming a cat to be like grooming a dog. There is a little extra work involved with keeping them looking good and clean. Many other tips like this one lie below, so read on.
Your cat will want to climb into small spaces. If you keep a collar on your pet, getting stuck in one of these spaces can be very dangerous. A breakaway style collar will literally “break away” if pulled too tight. Your cat can preserve a few of his nine lives with this.
Male felines tend to get crystals in the urine that can be prevented with proper diet. Passing these crystals is painful and the vet bill to have this corrected is expensive. Choose a low magnesium food. Always read labels. Fish products tend to be higher in magnesium than poultry products.
Check prices online for your cat’s medication to see if they are cheaper than at your vet’s office. In an emergency, however, this might not be possible. But, if you’re having to buy pet medication regularly, you will be able to save up to half the price if you buy online.
Set a tablecloth under your cat’s food bowl. Cats will sometimes pluck food from the bowl and enjoy it straight off the ground. Sometimes this will make the area around the bowl messy, and you’ll have to clean it. To make clean up a breeze, use a place mat underneath the bowl or a piece of fabric. You’ll be able to pick it up easily and shake the excess food into the trash.
Take care if you leave a kitten with youngsters. Children under five years of age should not be left alone with a kitten. Little children do not have the necessary skills yet to handle a pet by themselves. As they grow, you will be able to decide when it is the right time for them to handle a cat or kitten without supervision.
Don’t try and teach your kitty how the litter box is supposed to be used. Cats instinctively understand what to do and teaching is not required. Don’t force your cat into the box or you will traumatize them.
Let your cat get comfortable using a carrier. Cats never respond to punishment the way that dogs do. They are much better with encouragement. Put a favorite blanket and toy in the carrier and leave it open somewhere the cat frequents. The cat will eventually get into it and feel comfy. Once the cat is comfortable with the carrier, you can transport it easily.
Don’t throw away your cat’s old scratching post. Cats tend to enjoy a scratching toy more after they’ve gotten comfortable with it and made it their own. By removing the old item and replacing it with a new one, your cat may try to find another item to scratch. This could end up being furniture.
If your cat suddenly stops using the litter box, you should take him to the vet. This behavior may be indicative of an infection of the urinary tract or some other issue. In many cases, cheap antibiotics will resolve the problem and keep your cat healthy.
Don’t bring home a cat with long hair without taking into account the extra care they’ll require. That hair will truly get everywhere! Unless you have time to dedicate to cleaning up their fur, don’t get long haired cats. They can also have more health issues due to hairballs.
Help your cat live a longer life by keeping them healthy and keeping them current with check-ups and vaccinations. A kitten is not so different from a child. It needs properly-scheduled check-ups and immunizations to prevent medical complications down the road. Your cat is a member of your family, so treat them like any valued member of your home.
A clean cat is a happy cat. Remember that grooming is essential in order to keep your cat healthy — and happy, too! Your cat will be happy when it is properly cared for. Use the ideas within this article to help you cat stay beautiful but also safe and happy.