There is a lot that goes into owning a cat. The grooming methods you use on dogs or other animals won’t necessarily work for your cat. It takes a little extra attention to keep them looking their best. Read on to find more things cat owners should know.
Create a warm bed for an outdoor or feral cat by lining a banana box with a thick layer of newspaper. Cut a piece of Mylar to fit the bottom of the box. Put another layer of newspaper on top. Add a warm blanket. Place the whole box inside a dog house or under a porch where it can’t get wet.
Make sure to keep your cat’s litter box clean at all times. Most cats do not like to use a dirty litter box, much like you would not want to use a dirty toilet. Scoop it at least once a day. Empty and give it a good cleaning once a week or more if needed.
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.
Cats are constantly grooming themselves, and this is why they rarely need a bath. If your cat gets into something particularly stinky, a bath will not hurt them. If your cat does not like water you might want to wear gloves so that you do not get scratched. You might also want to enlist the help of a friend or family member.
An indoor cat who gets a taste of the outdoors will forever want to go outside. If you know your cat will always be an indoor cat, do your best to keep them from sneaking out. You can try to train your cat to stay in your yard when you are outside.
Your cat can take lots of time to groom themselves to what they consider ‘perfect.’ If your kitty is a long-haired breed, the result of this might be hairballs. There are special foods you can give to your cat to reduce this problem. Some foods contain extra oils and nutrients, specifically designed to prevent or diminish hairball concerns.
Be careful as small kids may treat kittens too roughly. It is important that you teach children how to properly interact with a new cat. Teach them which activities are good and how to properly pick your cat up. A cat’s bones can be quite fragile and they need to be treated gently.
Your cat will look great after a high quality grooming session. As a cat owner, it’s your job to ensure your pet looks and feels healthy. It is likely that your cat will appreciate the efforts you have made to provide good grooming. Follow this post, and spend time grooming your cat regularly.