The decision to own a cat should never be taken lightly. You may think that you are getting an independent animal, but you are getting a lot more. You are getting an opinionated roommate that expects the best. Here are some tips to make sure that you keep your cat happy.
You should always bring your cat to a vet to make sure everything is okay. Not only will a veterinarian give a general physical exam, he or she will also make sure they have necessary vaccinations. Make sure you keep the same veterinarian for your pet throughout its life. This way, the vet will be very familiar with your cat and its history.
If your dog and cat are best friends, be sure to keep them separate after flea treatment. Your dog’s flea products are very hazardous for cats. Cats that come in contact with dog flea products often die. Be sure to use only cat products on your cat and only dog products on your dog.
Make sure your cat gets lots of love. Cats need just as much companionship as they give out. They are social creates which need reassurance. They want to know they are a valuable part of the family too.
If your cat is overweight, there are two things you need to do. First, you have to adjust the amount of food you give them, and the other is that you need to get them exercising. Get them cat toys, or play with them yourself, to make sure they are getting the activity they need to slim down.
Male cats sometimes have crystals in their urine, but this can be prevented with the right cat food. Your cat will experience considerable pain when he has to pass these crystals, and it’s not an easy (or cheap) problem for your veterinarian to fix. Give your cat foods that are low in magnesium. Just as in the grocery store, take the time to read the labels. Fish products are usually higher in magnesium.
You can sometimes find better prices for cat medication online than getting it from your veterinarian. Sometimes you might not have time to wait for an online order to arrive however, such as if your cat needs an immediate antibiotic or emergency treatment. But if you have to regularly buy pet medicine, you can save 50% or more on some medicines by buying online.
If you want to have your cat for many years, it is a good idea to keep them indoors. While a cat may enjoy going outside, it is statistically proven that outdoor cats live shorter lives than indoor cats. There are dangers to a cat that spends time outside, not least of all other animals.
Keeping your cat satisfied is the biggest challenge of any cat owner. A cat is not always easily pleased, so you need to do your best to give them the life they want. The information laid out here can help you to do that, and when your cat is happy you can be happy too.