Cats are great examples of being powerful, mentally aware, and having great agility when compared to other animals. Felines are common and found just about everywhere. Living indoors with cats is a different thing completely. Cats can be stubborn and sometimes require more sophisticated tactics to manage them.
If you are planning to get a pet cat, be sure to check with your local shelter. They have tons of amazing cats who desperately need a home. Taking a cat home with you means that a life has been saved.
Don’t use dog products on your cats ever. Cats don’t like dog products. Flea products are a prime example. Dog flea prevention products will kill your cat. If you own a dog, and they’ve been given a flea treatment, you should separate them from your cat for a few hours.
You can keep your cat away from electrical cords by spraying them with some bitter apple. If they like to chew on cords, try covering them as much as you can. You can take loose cords, bundle them up, and stick them inside the tube from an old roll of paper towels. If you have electrical cords laying out that are not being used, put them away as cats can play with them and then move on to live electrical cords.
Your house can really get torn apart by a cat’s claws. If your couch is starting to look like it’s been put through a shredder, it’s time to invest in a nice scratching post or cat tower. Use catnip or other scents that are attractive to your kitty to encourage him to go there. Sooner or later, they’ll love to use it.
Think about getting a microchip implanted in your cat. Even though a cat may live inside, you never know if it will run out the door to escape. Other measures like tags and collars are better than nothing, but your cat may wriggle out of them or they may be torn off by outdoor hazards. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. Most vets and animal shelters will have a microchip scanner and because it’s under the animal’s skin it can never become lost.
Cats spend lots of time grooming themselves. When your cat’s coat is long, it can result in hairballs. There are special foods that can ease this issue. Some foods contain extra oils and nutrients, specifically designed to prevent or diminish hairball concerns.
You cannot be the boss of you cat, it’s hopeless! Your cat will soon learn where it’s allowed to go, along with where not to go. Although it may be difficult to train a cat, in actuality they are just as likely to be well-behaved and trained as your typical dog.