When it comes to choosing the perfect pet, cats are the go-to choice for millions of households. Cats provide companionship and entertainment, and also keep vermin away from your home. Read on to find out how to care for your kitty.
If you’re thinking of getting a cat for a pet, you should look to the local shelter. There are so many great cats at shelters. The fee you will have to pay typically includes vet care. You really are saving a life and keeping the feline population in check all in one.
Groom your cat. Brush your cat’s fur often to help it be shiny and healthy. This helps them keep their precious coat properly clean at all times. Removing excess hair also reduces shedding and can prevent hairballs. In order to keep shed hair down to a minimum, plus have a beautiful cat, you must groom your cat regularly.
Take your cat to the vet regularly to make sure they remain in good health. They should have regular check ups annually, and more appointments should be made if they need to get important shots. When the cat seems to be acting abnormally, take it to the vet immediately.
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.
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.
If you cat is pregnant is with babies, you can expect to have a lot of kittens on your hands. Create a comfortable place for the cat to deliver her babies somewhere in your home. Make sure the spot is big enough for the kittens to move around as they grow.
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 seems to want to avoid his food bowl, try getting a different kind of bowl. Plastic can sometimes turn a cat off if it isn’t cleaned constantly, and can hold on to certain scents. Try glass or a metal bowl for best results, so your cat will keep eating.
While you might not consider a cat a great hunter like a guard dog, the cat eliminates smaller pests, has the motivation and is much more family-friendly. Cats have similar instincts to them, but they have many benefits that dogs don’t. With so much going for them, the cat’s popularity is easy to see.