A lot of new cat owners are not sure about what they should expect. When one adopts unprepared, bad things can happen. You can’t ever be 100% prepared when you own a pet. You should keep reading to learn more about how you can properly care for your cat.
If you want to add a cat to your family, go to the shelter first to see what is available. Shelters have great pets available for adoption, and the fee isn’t that high. A cat gets a new chance at life and the cat population stays in check with adoption.
It is always important to take your cat to the veterinarian for regular checkups. Cats need vaccinations to keep them healthy, and your vet can keep an eye out for any other health issues. It is best to always take your cat to the same veterinarian. They will understand your cat and its issues better this way.
You can make your old cat feel better thanks to a hot tile placed under its bed. A terra cotta tile about a foot square is ideal. You can warm it with a 15-20 minute stop in your oven, set to approximately 200 degrees. Put it inside a cloth and place underneath your feline’s blanket or bed. Switch towels every few hours if you need to.
Never let your cat experience frequent boredom. Just like dogs, cats need playtime and physical exercise, too. But, too many cat owners fail to realize this. Cats who get bored can actually become depressed or display other undesirable behaviors. Make sure you give them lots of toys and room to play. If your cat is an indoor cat, a cat tower or scratching post makes an ideal source of fun and exercise.
Be sure to show your cat affection as much as possible. They give lots of affection and need some in return. Cats, just like people, want to feel like a loved part of a family. Socialization is important to them. Your cat wants to be as much a member of the family as anyone else.
These training tips are great for any type of cat, irrespective of breed or age. You also need to get to know your cat better so you can adapt to its needs and habits. Enjoy your new cat!