Cats don’t have competition in the great animal kingdom and are great indoor pets for many reasons. Not only are cats incredibly entertaining pets to have, they also help keep the house free of rats and other rodents. You might be surprised at how many ways a cat can improve your life.
Make frequent checkups with your vet to keep your cat healthy. Not only will a veterinarian give a general physical exam, he or she will also make sure they have necessary vaccinations. Try to stick with one vet during the life of your pet. This will ensure they know the history of your cat well.
Cats will try to get into many different crevices. If your cat gets caught on something wearing a traditional collar they could end up hurting their neck trying to break free. Therefore, use a breakaway collar that will come undone whenever it’s being pulled very tightly. This could save your cat’s life!
If your cat is female, then ensure you spay her as soon as you can. Whether or not she typically goes outside, she may escape while in heat and you might have kittens! Your best bet is to have your female cat spayed.
You may want to have a microchip implanted in your cat. Even cats who live completely indoors may someday decide to bolt out the door or escape out of a window. Tags and collars may be able to help you get your cat back, but cats can sometimes take these things off or they could get hung up on a tree or something. A microchip, on the other hand, is inserted near your cat’s shoulder blades, takes only a second to do, and all of your current contact info can be read through the chip. They are impossible for your pet to lose, and most vets and shelters have equipment that can read these chips.
When it comes to litter boxes, placement is everything. Don’t put it close to your cat’s food or in an area that gets too much traffic. To help control odors place the litter box in a well ventilated area. You and your cat will greatly appreciate this.
Your cat needs lots of affection and love. They give us love, and we need to return it to them. Cats thrive when treated like part of the household, so involve them in daily activities around the house. A cat can feel that he is a valuable, cherished part of their household.
Cats and dogs provide two different benefits to a home. A cat will seek out small rodents for you and love to be part of the family. Cats have any number of ways to contribute to family life, from providing love and affection to keeping vermin populations down. With so much going for them, the cat’s popularity is easy to see.