Cats are wonderful pets, if you understand how to take care of them. As the owner of a cat, you have the responsibility of making sure your cat has everything it needs to enjoy life. This article is going to provide you with smart advice about caring for your cat.
Choose a high quality food. The key to a healthy cat starts with nutrition. Take a look at the ingredients label. If you look at most ‘popular’ commercial cat foods, you may be surprised to see the top ingredient listed is corn. Cats are carnivores, so look for a food with a real meat as the top ingredient. You may pay more up front, but these foods are often more nutritionally dense, meaning your cat eats less and the bag lasts longer.
If you have an outside cat, you need to give it a collar and some identification tags. Cats can get lost, and they need a tag to be found. The tag should contain the pet’s name, your phone number and your name as well.
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.
If you find you cat is harming furniture or other objects, it may be bored. Keep a few safe toys around for your cat to play with. Scratching posts can also deter your cat from scratching your furniture. Or, build a small cat house out of cardboard. Your cat will love having a place to hide, and the cardboard can also be used to scratch on.
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.
Cats can really be so much more than pets, they can be lifelong companions. It has been proven that cats can decrease your blood pressure, lessen the symptoms of depression and help you to live a longer happier life. If you feel like something is missing in your life, you might just need a cat.
Avoid letting your cat go outdoors. This could be harmful and unsafe. Your cat may get fleas or have other problems. Other animals and vehicles could also injure your cat. If the cat must go outside, set aside a small part of the backyard or front lawn as a place where they can go.
Cats are popular pets but they need to be cared for properly. If you’d like to do more for your pet, read this article with care and take advantage of the suggestions it provides. With a little love and effort, your cat is sure to have a happy and healthy life.