One of the most fascinating creatures is a cat. Although they are extremely mystifying, they can be incredible house pets. If you can’t be at home all day, cats can live on their own. You can improve the quality and quantity of your cat’s years by following the guidelines below.
Let kittens and cat-friendly pet dogs get to know each other slowly. Put up a baby gate to keep dogs in one room while your new kitten gets used to its surroundings. Supervise carefully when the kitten ventures to the gate to meet the dogs. When the kitten feels safe, it will climb the gate. If it feels threatened, it will pop right back out to safety.
If you have a male cat, it is important to have him neutered before he goes into heat. When male cats start maturing, they will begin to spray around the house. It smells like ammonia and is hard to remove. Having your male cat neutered can help to prevent this from happening.
Avoid eye contact to make friends with a cat. Ever wonder why cats seem drawn to the person who likes cats the least? The answer lies in cat body language. To cats, staring is ‘rude’ and can be considered a challenge. Looking away shows that you respect their space and are not going to be a threat. So next time you are looking to meet a new feline friend, look away and let them approach you.
Give your cats easier access to a window in order to keep your curtains from getting scratched. Putting vertical blinds up will allow the easiest access for your cat, but if you need to keep your curtains, use a lightweight rod that will fall if your cat attempts to climb the curtains. It will keep both your curtains and your cat safe.
Make sure to keep chemicals and dangerous substances away from your cat. Chemicals like antifreeze have a sweet taste. This encourages the cat to drink it, most often resulting in fatal consequences. Keeping your chemicals locked up in a cabinet will help to ensure that your curious cat does not end up ingesting poison.
If you don’t want your cat to scratch up furniture, try filling a small spray bottle with water and spritzing your cat whenever he tries. Cats generally avoid water altogether for reasons no one is sure about, so he will not like this. Eventually he will stop scratching to avoid getting sprayed.
Adore your cat. A cat’s companionship should be returned with the same. Cats need social time with the family just like people do so that they know that they are valued. Make them feel at home.
Cats and small children may not always mix. Teach your kid how to properly handle a cat. Teach them what are appropriate activities and how to gently touch it. Keep in mind that a cat’s bones are much more fragile than a dog’s.
Cats make great companion animals because they are smart, cuddly and curious. If you are responsible, you should educate yourself about caring for your kitty properly. Use the above tips to become a great cat owner. By following proper care, a cat can live a happy life for decades.