Cats are naturally curious. As independent as your cat may seem, he or she probably enjoys your company. They can be confusing sometimes, but there is nothing like a purring cat on your lap. This advice will be of assistance for you and your cat.
Put a heated tile beneath the bed of an older cat. Heat a fabric covered heating pad in the microwave for a couple of minutes, making sure that is not too hot to the touch. Wrap it up in a towel and place it under where your cat sleeps. If necessary, change this out every few hours.
Clip your cats nails regularly. Cats do have to scratch. However, when cats scratch, their nail sheaths come off and their sharp, pointy claws are exposed. Clipping your cat’s claws every two to three weeks keeps them blunt and helps keep harm to furniture, humans, and other pets to a minimum.
As your cat gets older, changes in behavior may signal pain. If your cat doesn’t like to jump or climb any more, it may be in pain. If your cat stops taking care of grooming or stops using its litter box, pain may be the cause. Be sure to have your older cat checked out by your vet if you notice behavior changes.
Save your furniture with scratching posts and pads. It is natural for cats to want to stretch their claws out and scratch. This does not mean that a cat owner must have damaged furniture. Provide your cat with places that it is okay to scratch and redirect them there if they decide to try out your sofa. Cat scratching posts come in many shapes and materials and some cats prefer a particular type so it may take some trial and error before you find the right combination for your kitty.
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.
Consider adopting multiple cats, especially it will be spending a significant amount of time alone. One cat can do fine alone, however two are not much more work or expense than one, and can keep each other company and entertain each other. This will stave off boredom, especially if you work long hours.
If you’re thinking about raising an outdoor cat, you should strongly reconsider. This isn’t safe for your cat. Fleas can infest your cat, or something worse can happen. They can get in a fight or be hit by a car. If you’ve just got to have the cat outdoors, limit it to an enclosed area.
Cats are a very difficult animal to understand sometimes. Let what you have read here sink in so you can take better care of your furry friend. When you know how to take care of your cat, you’ll both be happier.