There are some unexpected obstacles that you will face with a cat. You should not adopt a cat until you are better prepared. Some problems come even with total preparation. Luckily these tips can give you an edge and help you face the unknown.
Any drape cords should be hidden so the cat cannot grab hold of them. Never let your cats play with drape cords, as they could seriously injure themselves. This could kill them. Hang your drapery cords out of your cats’ sight to avoid this.
You can make your old cat feel better thanks to a hot tile placed under its bed. You can do this simply with a terra cotta tile measuring a square foot. Heated in your oven around 200 degrees, it can be ready in as little as 15 minutes. Wrap the tile inside an unneeded towel and place it under your kitty’s favorite resting spot. Change it regularly if you need to.
Don’t use items on a cat that are meant for a dog. Cats often have negative reactions to dog products. Flea products for dogs are one of the worst products to give a cat. Flea products that are intended for a dog can kill a cat. If you own a dog, and they’ve been given a flea treatment, you should separate them from your cat for a few hours.
Make sure your cat has a collar and tag if outside. Cats can travel a long way and this will help you get them back easier if they’re lost. Have your phone number engraved on the tag.
Microchips are an increasingly popular form of pet protection. Even indoor cats get out sometimes. Tags and collars are great, but if a cat escapes them, there’s no guaranteeing they’ll make it home safe and sound. Microchips are minuscule, but can hold all the essential information about your cat and its hope. 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.
Use quality food to prevent crystals from forming in a cat’s urine. Passing these crystals is painful and the vet bill to have this corrected is expensive. Choose a cat food low in magnesium. Consult the ingredient list. You will notice that fish-based foods and products are higher in levels of magnesium than anything sourced from poultry.
If you get a cat for your kids, make sure to set clear boundaries in advance. Make sure your children know where in the house the cat is permitted to be. They should know that indoor cats can’t go outside. Establishing these boundaries ahead of time prevents any confusion.
Do all you can to figure out what’s causing your cat to meow. After you have coexisted with a pet cat for a long while, you are sure to figure out its meowing patterns. She could be signaling that she is hungry, or she might want to go outside. Pay attention to her cues, and you can understand your cat that much more.
Be very careful about allowing children to be alone with a kitten. Younger children, especially under 5, cannot be left alone with your cat. A child of that age doesn’t realize when they are being too rough with a pet. As kids age, you can then determine whether they are mature enough for small pets.
If you are experiencing an issue with your feline friend, seek advice from others. Although you might want to take care of things on your own, advice from other people with cats can be a big help. There are also forums on the Internet which cater to cat parents.
Feeding your cat different types of food helps ensure they don’t get finicky. If you feed your cat the same food all the time, your cat will likely be uninterested any any other brand or flavor.
A battered appearance isn’t a good reason to discard a beloved cat condo or scratching post. The cats loves it the most in this condition. If you toss it away in favor of something newer, your cat may look for something older to scratch, and that may end up being your furniture.
All the tips of training which you learned here apply to every cat breed, no matter how old or where they reside. You have learned basic information that makes raising a cat much easier. Remember though, everyone’s cat and circumstances are different requiring certain adjustments. Remember to enjoy your new kitten because that’s the most important part of the process.