Adding a cat to your family can be quite enjoyable. If you bring a cat home without first preparing yourself, you will regret it. Even when you are prepared you might run into some issues. The following tips can put you in the best position as a caretaker.
Give your cats easier access to a window in order to keep your curtains from getting scratched. Putting vertical blinds up will allow the easiest access for your cat, but if you need to keep your curtains, use a lightweight rod that will fall if your cat attempts to climb the curtains. It will keep both your curtains and your cat safe.
If your cat kicks litter all over the floor, simply use a bigger container. A large, roomy tote with high sides makes a good litter box. A big round tub also makes a good litter box. A restaurant size bus tub is a capacious litter box. Providing higher sides and more space will solve your cat’s litter kicking problem.
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.
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.
Is your cat constantly munching on your house plants? If so there is a fix for this. Growing oat grass or catnip yourself can help entice your cats away from your plants. Giving them plants that they can eat and like will help draw them to those plants over and over again.
Is your cat constantly destroying your toilet paper? Make sure that your bath tissue is stopping it from rolling over the top. You can also make or buy a toilet paper cover. These covers are not expensive and will save you money if your furry friend insists on playing with your tissue.
Unlike most humans, cats love heights. Providing a safe environment for your cat is key to its happiness. If you’re averse to cat trees for some reason, a shelf without breakable items will work. Install a small bed for your cat or a comfortable blanket.
Get your feline acclimated to its carrier. You have to take a different approach to training a cat rather than a dog. Encouragement is a better way to get your cats to perform. Take their favorite blanket and place it within the carrier. Then leave the carrier with the door ajar in a frequented spot. Sooner or later, your cat will try out the appealing space and learn to be comfortable in it. Then, you will have no problem using the carrier.
The tips you just read will help you care for your cat, regardless of its age or breed. Though the concepts are the same, there will inevitably be variations and a different set of circumstances for each family. If you’re not having fun after you adopt a cat, there is a serious problem.