Cats are pretty awesome. Cats make great house pets because they are smart, loving, and independent. But remember that cats need proper care, and it’s not effortless. Keep reading to learn some great advice about cats that will keep your cat healthier and happier for your sake and theirs.
Move any drape cords out of a cat’s reach. If the cat becomes caught in a loop, they could choke to death. This may harm or kill them. Hang your drapery cords out of your cats’ sight to avoid this.
If your cat is an outdoor cat or a cat that has a habit of getting outside, they need proper identification. The cat should have a safety collar and an ID tag. Safety collars that have elastic bands allow cats to get out of the collar if they get it caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help your cat get returned if they’re lost.
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.
Location is key when placing a litter box. Don’t put it where the cat can’t reach it or near their food. It is also advisable to keep the litter box area ventilated to control odor. Your cat and your nose will thank you for the effort.
If you don’t want your cat to scratch up furniture, try filling a small spray bottle with water and spritzing your cat whenever he tries. Cats generally avoid water altogether for reasons no one is sure about, so he will not like this. Eventually he will stop scratching to avoid getting sprayed.
If you’re taking kitty on a road trip, don’t play loud music. You may like music loud and booming, but a cat will prefer lower volumes as their ears are more sensitive. Therefore, the volume of your music should be minimized, and turn it off completely if necessary.
Use short words when you want to express displeasure with your cat. A short ‘no’ will be remembered, even if not always followed. A lot of people think that cats don’t listen to anything, but short word commands are certainly understood by cats, and they will respond to those commands if you are consistent with them.
Remember that very young children can be a bit too rough with a cat or new kitten. Teach your kids how to treat a cat. Help them learn how to pick up a cat and care for it. Cats have weaker bones than dogs and need more gentle treatment.
Cats are magical and unique creatures that are perfect for homes if you take time to learn how to care for them properly. Keep the information here in mind. Make use of it so that you can enjoy a happy and healthy cat.