Cats are superbly superior in physical power, agility and alertness to most domesticated animals. There’s a reason so many families choose to welcome cats, and that cats are present in great numbers in virtually every human community. Living indoors with cats is a different thing completely. This article will show you how to enjoy your cat every day.
Taking your cat in for regular check-ups at the veterinarian’s office is part of being a responsible pet owner. In addition to checking the health of your cat, a vet can give him any needed shots. It is best to always take your cat to the same veterinarian. You won’t have to worry that the vet won’t have all of your cat’s medical records.
To keep your cat healthy and strengthen its bond with you, always set aside lots of play time. Kittens especially need lots of attention, which you can easily give to them through play. Pull a piece of string around for a fun and gentle way to keep a cat entertained for hours.
For a healthier, happier cat choose plain litter over scented litter. Cats like nice, clean, clumping cat litter. Scoop your cats litter box daily and change it completely every three days or so. When you change the box, wash it out with water and dish soap. Don’t waste your money on liners as cats tend to destroy them.
Protect your cat from choking. Be sure to dispose of poultry and fish bones safely. Wrap them in a paper or plastic bag and put them in your outdoor garbage can with the lid tightly secured. Alternately, place them in a plastic bag and freeze them until garbage pick up day.
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.
Wash your cat’s bed at least once a week to remove all of the bacteria from it. Even if the bed looks like it is clean, it will usually have toxins in it that can cause your pet to become sick. Replace the bed every six months to keep your cat in a sanitary environment.
If you’re taking a trip with your cat, be sure to protect its ears. Cats tend to prefer gentle sounds during the day. Therefore, try to turn down your music or keep if off altogether so your cat has a better trip.
By applying the tips that you have read, you’ll be outsmarting your cat before you know it. In a short time, they will understand where they should be and what they need to avoid. Although training a cat is typically more difficult that training a dog, most cats end up trained and well mannered.