Cats can be finicky. They can be an enigma from the moment they enter your home. Fortunately, if you educate yourself, you can better care for them. The advice below will help you give your pet what it needs.
Make sure your cat is regularly visiting the vet for checkups. Cats need vaccinations to keep them healthy, and your vet can keep an eye out for any other health issues. For the most consistent pet care, choose one veterinarian and stick with them. This ensures that your vet knows your cat’s medical history.
If your cat is female, it is very important that she be spayed when the vet feels she is old enough. You may believe that this is unnecessary if your cat stays inside all the time; however, cats almost always find a way to get outside, especially when they are in heat. When this occurs, your cat could get pregnant. A spayed cat is a safe cat.
Don’t use items on a cat that are meant for a dog. Cats will have a reaction that’s negative towards a product made for dogs. This particularly applies to flea products. Your cat can die if you use a dog flea product on it. After your dog receives a flea treatment, keep your cat away for at least a few hours.
Your cat’s claws can wreck havoc on your furniture. If you find your cat shredding your furniture, consider purchasing a scratching post or cat tower. They can scratch the post instead. Be patient, it might take some time for your cat to learn to use the post or tower.
It’s important that you don’t forget your cat and allow them to become bored too easily. Play is important to the health and vitality of your cat. Unfortunately, many owners do not realize this important part of ownership. If your cat is bored, it might develop a depression, obsessive compulsive behaviors or ruin some of your furniture. Provide them with space to exercise and lots of toys to play with. If they’re an indoor cat, get them an object to climb on or a scratching post.
Cats will often devote most of their time to grooming. If your kitty is a long-haired breed, the result of this might be hairballs. There is a special food on the market that does help out with hairball issues. They help the hair pass through by breaking it down.
If you’re getting a kitten for your children, discuss this with them before bringing the cat home. Let your kids know which rooms your cat is allowed in. If you want to have an indoor cat, explain to your children that they cannot let it go outside. Setting rules in advances ensures understanding.
This article will show you exactly how to make your cat happy. Keep them in mind as you care for kitty. You never know…perhaps cats CAN be impressed by humans. Follow these tips for your best chance of success.