Cats are some amazing little creatures. They are wonderful pets because they are smart, independent, and very loving. To ensure that your cat is getting the proper care, it may take a bit of work. Read on for more information about cats and cat care in general. Take what you learn, and use it to help your cat live a happier life.
To help prevent tapeworm infestation in cats, feed a small amount of food grade diatomaceous earth for two weeks out of each month. About a quarter of a teaspoon per cat per day is adequate. Food grade diatomaceous earth kills internal parasites and causes them to be expelled from the system.
Cats and electrical cords don’t mix. If you notice your cat has a habit of chewing on electric cords, try to bundle them up and hide them out of the cat’s reach. If that’s not possible, spray a little bit of bitter apple onto the cords. Not only is bitter apple non-toxic, cats absolutely hate the taste.
Keep your cat indoors. Unlike dogs, it is nearly impossible to confine a cat to a yard. This can lead to many dangers for your cat, from cars, dogs, diseases from feral cats, and simply disappearing to parts unknown. Loose cats also be a nuisance to others, often killing songbirds and leaving unwelcome ‘deposits’ in neighbor’s gardens. If your cat really enjoys the outdoors, they can be trained to wear a harness and leash or you can invest in a specialty cat fence or screened-in porch.
If your cat is pregnant, set up a comfortable, safe place for her to have her kittens. A big cardboard box equipped with a pillow and blanket is good. Place it in the back of a closet or other out of the way place. Keep food and water dishes nearby.
You may want to have a microchip put into your car. Even a house cat may end up lost outside, no matter how careful you are. Tags and collars are great, but if a cat escapes them, there’s no guaranteeing they’ll make it home safe and sound. A microchip about as big as a grain of rice and holds all the contact information your cat needs. Most organizations that deal with animal care can scan your cat for microchips, and because they are implanted, they won’t get lost.
Do not allow your cat to be bored frequently. Although you may believe that cats just lie around, this isn’t the case. They need their exercise. Many owners just don’t have time. A lack of stimulation can lead to psychological or medical problems for your cat, including depression, compulsive disorders, and chronic misbehavior. Give them exercise space and a lot of toys. Provide them with an indoor climbing area or scratching post.
A cat is a great pet for your family, but you need to learn how to take good care of your pet. Study these tips carefully. Apply what you’ve just learned as you set out to properly care for your cat so that both of you lead happy lives.