Cats are one of many animals that clean themselves. Although this works for the cat in many instances, there is only so much that cat can do. You have to step in and groom the cat to keep it healthy. Here are some useful grooming techniques to use on your cat.
If you have outdoor cats, be sure to discourage pests such as coyotes, possums and raccoons by bringing cat food indoors at night. Feed your cats first thing in the morning, and make sure there is no food left at nightfall. This will keep your cats safe from attack and illness.
Female cats need to be spayed as soon as they reach the proper age. You may keep your cat inside, but she could still slip outside and become pregnant. Spray your cat so that this does not occur.
Your cat might not come running when you call, but most cats enjoy cuddling on their terms and time. Cats love to have their heads and backs pet. Not all cats like their tummies rubbed so be careful. Spending quality time with your cat will make lasting memories to look back on someday.
Cats are hunters by nature. They love to chase mice and other small animals and insects. Buying little fuzzy mice filled with catnip and batting them around with your cat is a great idea. Your cat will feel as though they are really hunting prey. This will also help you to connect with your cat better.
You may want to have a microchip put into your car. Even cats that live their lives entirely indoors can suddenly escape out a window or door. Collars and tags can help get your cat home, however cats are experts at wiggling out of these, not to mention the risk they pose if they were to get snagged on a bush or tree branch. A microchip will hold the contact information to reach you and it’s only about as big as a piece of rice. The majority of veterinarians possess scanners that can read your chips. Because these chips are placed underneath your cat’s skin, they won’t get lost.
You should never allow your cat to be bored all the time. Cats require physical activity. The unfortunate thing is that many owners of cats don’t realize this. Bored cats can really be a problem. They can have health issues, OCD, and even depression. Therefore, ensure your cat has enough space for exercising and playing. If your cat is an indoor cat, a cat tower or scratching post makes an ideal source of fun and exercise.
Cats are nocturnal animals. The result is that cats prefer to be more active during the night. If your cat’s activities are keeping you awake at night, try keeping your bedroom door shut. This can keep them from waking you up at night and from pouncing on feet under the blankets.
A cat that is clean and well groomed will be happy, healthy, and good looking. Remember, the cat can’t do all of the grooming work. It’s up to you to give it a little extra help. Use as many of the provided grooming techniques on your cat and see how good it looks.