There are usually obstacles that arise when you first buy a cat. No one should get a pet without taking the steps to prepare. Lovably unpredictable cats can still come up with ways to flummox even the most well-prepared new owner, though. Luckily these tips can give you an edge and help you face the unknown.
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.
Have your kids help you take care of the cat. Assign daily jobs such as feeding the cat and cleaning the litter box. Not only will taking care of the cat teach them responsibility, it also gives you a break from these tasks. This means that you can spend more time cuddling with your cat.
If you replace an old scratching post, your cat may be unhappy with the new one. Save money on scratching posts. Wrap your old scratching post with some sisal rope to spiff it up. Your cat will be happy not to lose its favorite old post. You will save a little cash.
Cats and electrical cords don’t mix. If you notice your cat has a habit of chewing on electric cords, try to bundle them up and hide them out of the cat’s reach. If that’s not possible, spray a little bit of bitter apple onto the cords. Not only is bitter apple non-toxic, cats absolutely hate the taste.
It can be tricky to keep a cat off the kitchen counters. Cats like to be up high, where they can watch everything going on. Provide your cat with a few high places it can uses. Sometimes strategically placing a tall cat tower near your kitchen will help.
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 you have dogs and cats? Dogs will always try to eat a cat’s food. Feed your pets in different areas of the house, and monitor them while they eat. This also ensures that there are no squabbles over the water between the two, when the food is gone.
You should do regular checkups of your cat between veterinarian visits. A good time to do this is when you are petting the animal. Check the entire body for things like scabs and lesions. Also look in and around the ears for any discharge, which can be a sign of ear mites. Check the cat from head to tail.
No matter what cat you have, these tips can work to train them. Though certain aspects of having a cat remain the same, all cats differ, so what applies to one may not apply to another. More important than anything else is to enjoy every precious moment with you new little kitten.