Sometimes, cats will rack up the bills for you. Vaccinations, toys and check-ups can set you back a lot of money. Check out the tips provided below to gain a little insight on being a responsible cat owner.
Create a warm bed for an outdoor or feral cat by lining a banana box with a thick layer of newspaper. Cut a piece of Mylar to fit the bottom of the box. Put another layer of newspaper on top. Add a warm blanket. Place the whole box inside a dog house or under a porch where it can’t get wet.
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.
If your cat is misbehaving, you can influence its behavior in a safe and humane way by using water. Fill a small squirt gun or a spray water bottle with plain water. Give your cat a few light squirts of water when you catch it misbehaving and it will soon learn to stop doing the unwanted behavior.
Keep dangerous chemicals away from your cat. Just like children, cats need to be kept away from items like cleaning materials since they could harm them. These chemicals are basically poison and if your cats consumes some or gets some on them, they could get very sick, get burned, or possibly die. Store these items in a place where your cat can’t find them or use a child-proof lock on their location.
Feed your cat a proper diet. Cats are carnivores and have specific dietary needs. Feed them quality cat food that has been approved by AAFCO or the Association of American Feed Control Officials. If you wish to make your cat’s food yourself, make sure you speak with a vet about necessary supplements or specific recipes that your cat needs to eat.
The litter box for your cat needs to be kept in a good place. Don’t put it where the cat can’t reach it or near their food. To help control odors place the litter box in a well ventilated area. Your cat will appreciate it and so will you.
Avoid bladder crystals and stones by feeding high quality food. A cat passing the crystals can be very hurtful with an expensive vet bill to boot. Give your cat foods that are low in magnesium. Read the label on any food you choose. Fish is often high in magnesium compared to chicken.
Any pet can cost a lot to properly care for, and that is also true of cats. With the amount of care that goes into them, it can be compared with caring for a small child. As this article has shown, there are many things that must be done to keep your cat happy and healthy.