If you were able to save a cat’s life, would you? There are literally millions of cats who need a good home. The first step is adopting, and the second is learning to care for it.
Check-ups are an absolute must for any pet cat. In addition to checking the health of your cat, a vet can give him any needed shots. Always use the same veterinarian if possible. Your veterinarian needs to know about your pet’s history, and your cat will feel more comfortable if you always take her to the same vet.
You should get your cat a tagged collar, even if it is not legally required. Tags can save you a lot of trouble if your cat gets lost. Be sure that the pet’s name and also your home number are on the tag.
Some cats like to scratch up floors and furniture. If you are having problems with your cat clawing up furniture, then purchase a scratching post or kitty tower. Encourage your cat to scratch where you want them to. Sooner or later, they’ll love to use it.
Have your cat chipped so you can find him if he runs away. Even cats that live their lives entirely indoors can suddenly escape out a window or door. 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. Microchips are as small as a rice grain and have all of your important contact information. Almost every vet and shelter has a scanner these days, and they can retrieve your contact information should they find your pet.
Never let a cat become bored. Just like dogs, cats need playtime and physical exercise, too. This is sadly overlooked by some cat owners. Bored cats tend to develop emotional and mental disorders that may negatively impact their health. Give them room to play and a large number of toys. Indoor cats will appreciate having a structure they can climb on or a dedicated scratching post.
Cats are usually more active during the night. This means nighttime is an active time for your cat. Shut the door to your bedroom. This helps to muffle the sounds of nighttime play. It also protects your toes from those crafty midnight pounces.
Caring for a kitty is something that is enjoyable and rewarding. Afterall, you have opened your home to a cat that needs your love and care. The relationship between you and the cat you care for can last a lifetime. Take care of him and he will do the same for you.