Many families find unexpected difficulties when they adopt their first cat. You need to prepare when getting a pet so you avoid mistakes. Just remember, even with proper planning, there will always be unknowns when dealing with cats. But to lessen the issues early on, use the advice shared here!
Make sure your cat is always groomed. You should comb and/or brush them on a regular basis. Such practices help keep cats’ coats clean. In addition, it helps decrease shedding, which results in less hairballs. A well groomed cat, then, is a happy and healthy cat.
Cats love to squeeze into tiny spaces. If your cat gets caught on something wearing a traditional collar they could end up hurting their neck trying to break free. Breakaway collars will “break” if they’re pulled too tight. This will allow your cat to live another day if it gets tangled up.
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. You can bundle loose cords into paper towel rolls that are old. The cords on electronics should be hidden as well.
It can be hard to make your cat stay off the counter. Cats like to be up high, where they can watch everything going on. Making a place high-up for your cat can solve this issue. If you place a cat tower around the kitchen area, they may be less likely to lay on your counters.
Consider having your cat fitted with a microchip. Even an indoor cat can get the urge to run out of a door or leap through a window. Collars and tags can help get your cat home, however cats are experts at wiggling out of these, not to mention the risk they pose if they were to get snagged on a bush or tree branch. A microchip about as big as a grain of rice and holds all the contact information your cat needs. Nearly every vet and shelter owns a scanner which can read a microchip, and since they’re implanted, there isn’t a risk of the chip falling out or getting lost.
Keep your cat active and entertained to avoid boredom. Cats need stimulation. Unfortunately, a lot of cat owners neglect this. Cats that are bored may develop obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, or other issues that can harm their health. Give them exercise space and a lot of toys. Indoor cats will appreciate having a structure they can climb on or a dedicated scratching post.
The tips you just read over can help any cat owner, no matter what their cat’s breed is. Though the concepts are the same, there will inevitably be variations and a different set of circumstances for each family. Remember to have plenty of fun and give your cat plenty of love and attention.