Cats are wonderful pets, but it can be expensive to care for them. Food, medical expenses, litter and toys can really add up. The following are a few tips that should help you to find more enjoyable, less expensive ways to care for your cat.
Cats love to play so make sure that you provide them with lots of toys. Cats enjoy batting around a fake mouse or little ball around the room. Some cats even develop a favorite toy. Playing with your cat is not only fun, it helps them to get exercise too.
You should take your cat to the vet on a regular basis to maintain optimum health. Your cat should have a health check yearly, but should go in more if your cat needs shots. Cats must see their vet right away if they start having health issues, injuries or other problems.
Keep your cat indoors. Unlike dogs, it is nearly impossible to confine a cat to a yard. This can lead to many dangers for your cat, from cars, dogs, diseases from feral cats, and simply disappearing to parts unknown. Loose cats also be a nuisance to others, often killing songbirds and leaving unwelcome ‘deposits’ in neighbor’s gardens. If your cat really enjoys the outdoors, they can be trained to wear a harness and leash or you can invest in a specialty cat fence or screened-in porch.
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.
When you get a cat for your kids, make sure your kids know the rules in advance. You can then teach your kids which areas your cat can go into. If your have an indoor-only cat, be sure the kids understand that the cat is not to go outside. Setting up rules ahead of time can help your kids understand better.
Don’t punish cats for making messes outside the litter box. Improper box care on your part causes the mess, not the cat. Punishing your cat may cause him to become afraid of you or their litter box.
Do not leave wet cat food in the bowl for longer than twenty minutes after your cat is done eating it. After you see your kitten is done for the time being, throw out the rest of the food and make sure to wash their bowl thoroughly with light soap and water.
If your cat has bad breath, a trip to the vet is in order. Bad breath in cats can be a red flag for tooth decay or more serious conditions. These include diabetes, stomach problems and lung disorders. So, if your cat’s breath smells worse than the food he eats, get to the bottom of the issue before it gets out of control.
As you can see, cats are not an exception when it comes to the necessity of spending money on on your pets. Caring for cat is almost like having a child, considering what needs to be done to take care of them. The tips provided will help you properly take care your cat without breaking the bank.