Cats are fascinating animals and make great pets. They’re great because they’re able to take care of themselves mostly. If you have a cat or are considering getting one, take a look at the handy advice below so that you can be a better owner and give your pet the quality care it deserves.
If your cat is female, it is very important that she be spayed when the vet feels she is old enough. It does not matter if you an indoor cat; if she gets out when in heat, you can end up with many kittens. A spayed cat is a safe cat.
Choose a high quality food. The key to a healthy cat starts with nutrition. Take a look at the ingredients label. If you look at most ‘popular’ commercial cat foods, you may be surprised to see the top ingredient listed is corn. Cats are carnivores, so look for a food with a real meat as the top ingredient. You may pay more up front, but these foods are often more nutritionally dense, meaning your cat eats less and the bag lasts longer.
A great toy for your cat is a laser pointer. Cats love to chase the laser around and try to catch it. This will help you give your cat some exercise, while your cat is having fun at the same time. It will also help to fine-tune their hunting skills.
Cats generally will meow for a reason. After you have lived with your cat for a while, you will come to know what she wants by her meow. The cat may want something to eat or to get let out. You should pay attention to these cues and you will eventually learn to decipher them.
Do you have both a dog and a cat? Dogs will eat cat food right up. Try locating your cat’s food in an area where the dog cannot go. This can also prevent unnecessary arguments between your pets over the water supply, once the food has been consumed.
Give cat box liners a try. These may not work for everyone, but they can be helpful if they work for you. Line the litter box with one of these liners, and then put cat litter in as usual. If it works correctly, you should be able to gather the liner and dispose of the litter. Unfortunately, sometimes cats just scratch the liner to pieces as they are doing their business.
If you want a cat that is well-behaved and not prone to biting and scratching, make sure that you do not try to adopt one when it is too young. It takes 12-16 weeks for a kitten to learn proper cat behavior from their mom and all of their siblings.
Cats are great to have as pets because they’re smart and can find things to do on their own. Educate yourself to make sure your cat is properly taken care of. Make good use of the advice you have just read to give your cat the care it needs. This way, your cat can enjoy a fun and fulfilling life.