Cats are creatures that love fun and can help you lose track of your time if they play games with you. Sometimes it’s a good idea to provide some extra stimulation with a fun toy, unique game or interesting activity. You don’t always have to spend money to have fun with your cat. These tips will improve your abilities as an owner.
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.
Your cat can devastate your furniture with its claws. If your couch is starting to look like it’s been put through a shredder, it’s time to invest in a nice scratching post or cat tower. Teach your cat to scratch this instead of the legs of a couch or sofa. It may take some time and some corrections, but it can usually eliminate the problem.
A lot of cat owners have a hard time keeping their cats off the counter. Cats like to climb on things and a counter can look very inviting. One way to nip this problem in the bud is to give your cat a dedicated perch of their own as an alternative to using your space. Having a cat tower near your kitchen will keep them off your counters.
When you move your cat from one house to another, be sure to move the cat last. Set up a quiet room with familiar items for the cat. Keep your cat in the room and quiet for a day or two. Visit and feed the cat in the room. After a couple of days, the cat can explore the rest of the house.
Have your cat spayed or neutered. Pet overpopulation is a growing problem, with millions of homeless cats and kittens euthanized every year. Besides the problem of too many kittens and not enough homes, unfixed cats can have a multitude of behavior problems. Males who are not neutered at a young age often start spraying to mark their territory, and females who are allowed to come into heat yowl incessantly as they try to escape to find a mate. Kittens can begin to breed as early as 4 months of age, so get your new kitten spayed or neutered as soon as possible.
A microchip for your cat is something that you should really consider. Even an indoor cat could someday jump through an open window. Cats can get out of a collar or, worse, have that collar choke them to death. Your important information can all fit nicely on a rice grain sized microchip. Nearly all veterinarians and shelters now have scanners capable of reading the information on these chips, and since they are under the skin, there is no chance of the chip getting lost.
You could enjoy your cat more using these tips. While each cat doesn’t respond to the same approaches, you are sure to find wonderful options among these tips for your pet. A cat that’s happy and healthy is going to live longer and be more active during his lifespan.