There are usually obstacles that arise when you first buy a cat. Pets are great, but adopting one on the spur of the moment, without any preparation, is a bad idea. However, even with preparation, you can’t possibly hope to foresee every problem that these cute felines will cause. This article will help you to be a more responsive and responsible cat owner.
Let kittens and cat-friendly pet dogs get to know each other slowly. Put up a baby gate to keep dogs in one room while your new kitten gets used to its surroundings. Supervise carefully when the kitten ventures to the gate to meet the dogs. When the kitten feels safe, it will climb the gate. If it feels threatened, it will pop right back out to safety.
Make a free toy for your cat by placing a little dry rice or a few dry beans inside an empty pill bottle. Close the lid and roll the rattly toy across the floor. Most cats can’t resist the sound and motion. You can also tie a length of twine around the neck of the bottle to make a pull toy or a dangly toy.
If your cat takes all the ornaments off the Christmas tree, don’t fight it. Begin collecting attractive cat toys and unbreakable ornaments to decorate the tree next year. Be sure not to decorate with potentially dangerous items like tinsel and garlands. Tinsel is a choking hazard for cats and garlands can cause strangulation.
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.
It is important to only feed your kitten food specifically made for kittens. Kitten food contains more fat and protein to help keep your growing cats body healthy. Adult cat food is leaner and is not specially formulated the same way as the kitten food. Your kitten will grow really fast in a short time-frame, so it is important that they eat right.
Use your cat to teach your children responsibilities. A pet demands care that the whole family can participate in. Each child can take different day to feed the cat, for instance. Same thing for litterbox care. You can make a schedule and post it on the refrigerator. Then, everyone knows what they are responsible for.
Don’t toss your cat’s scratching post just because it’s starting to look haggard. To your cat the post is just right. Ditching the structure may alienate your cat, making it more likely to turn elsewhere in your home for its scratching needs.
The tips you just read will help you care for your cat regardless of its age or breed. Though certain aspects of having a cat remain the same, all cats differ, so what applies to one may not apply to another. Just remember to offer lots of love and companionship to your cat. This is the key instruction to follow.