Cats are a very common house pet but there is also a wide population of wild cats. It is important to learn as much as you can about these creatures to assure you have the best relationship possible. You should keep reading if you want to learn more about what owning a cat means.
Your cat will want to climb into small spaces. If your cat gets caught on something wearing a traditional collar they could end up hurting their neck trying to break free. Collars designed to release when sufficient force is applied (‘breakaway’ collars) are a great idea. This will help you save your cat’s life.
If you have outdoor cats, be sure to discourage pests such as coyotes, possums and raccoons by bringing cat food indoors at night. Feed your cats first thing in the morning, and make sure there is no food left at nightfall. This will keep your cats safe from attack and illness.
If your cat is getting older, you can increase it’s comfort by placing its bed over a heated tile. Use a terra cotta tile to help relieve your cat’s aches and pains; put it in the oven on low heat – 200 degrees or so – for 15 minutes. Wrap the tile inside an unneeded towel and place it under your kitty’s favorite resting spot. Change it every couple of hours if desired.
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.
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.
Do not assume that because a medication is okay for you to take, that it is safe for your cat as well. Many medications made for humans are lethal to cats, such as acetaminophen containing drugs and aspirin. Always check with your veterinarian before you give your cat anything.
If your cat has a tendency to eat your plants, you can stop him. You can either purchase bitter apple spray and spray the pot, or you can put a bit of clove oil on a cotton ball and bury it a bit in the soil. Your cat will avoid both.
Take care if you leave a kitten with youngsters. A cat should not be left alone with a child under five years of age. They’re not really mature enough to know how dangerous a kitten can be. As they grow, you will be able to decide when it is the right time for them to handle a cat or kitten without supervision.
Take steps to take care of your cat properly so that they are healthy and not contributing to the overpopulation issue. Feral cats can destroy gardens, attack your pets, and invite their friends over. Cats need to be loved and treated with care. Perhaps you will fall in love with a feral cat.