Cats: What You Should Know About Caring For One

There is a lot that goes into taking care of a cat. If you’re a first time cat owner, or even if you’ve had a cat for a while, this article can help you out. Read over it carefully and you should have no problem taking better care of your cats.

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.

Feed your cats proper food. Remember that cats must eat meat. Only give your cats cat food to eat. Do not feed them or let them eat dog food. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs and some of the ingredients in dog food could harm your cat. Feeding your cat dog food for food could also lead to malnourishment, among other issues.

Make your own enclosed litter box from a large tote box with a lid. Use a coffee can lid as a pattern to cut a door in one side of the tote. Place the coffee can lid fairly high up on the side of the tote. Trace around it with a permanent marker. Cut out the circle with tin snips or a box cutter. Add litter. Put on the lid.

Do you have both a dog and a cat? Dogs will generally try to eat the cat’s food whenever the opportunity comes along. Feed your pets in different areas of the house, and monitor them while they eat. This will also prevent squabbles between them.

Always watch a kitten around small kids. Up until your child is five, children shouldn’t be alone with your pet. You may not have noticed a problem when you see them together, but very kids do not really understand they can accidentally harm or kill a kitten. When children are over the age of five, then you should decide whether or not they are mature enough to handle a kitten.

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.

Although you might find its appearance unappealing, don’t toss a scratching post when it’s getting particular worn and frazzled. Cats love them. By removing the old item and replacing it with a new one, your cat may try to find another item to scratch. This could end up being furniture.

Now you can probably see that there is quite a bit that goes into working with cats. It isn’t difficult, but it can be time consuming. Take everything you’ve gone over here and things won’t be all that difficult for you. Good luck and enjoy taking care of your pet.