The decision to own a cat should never be taken lightly. You may think that you are getting an independent animal, but you are getting a lot more. You are getting an opinionated roommate that expects the best. Here are some tips to make sure that you keep your cat happy.
If your cat is picky about drinking water, invest in a cat fountain. These battery operated or plug in fountains keep water circulating and aerated. Many cats prefer this. A cat fountain will help keep your cat out of the kitchen sink and the toilet. It will also help prevent your cat from pawing water onto the floor in search of fresh water.
Protect your cat from choking. Be sure to dispose of poultry and fish bones safely. Wrap them in a paper or plastic bag and put them in your outdoor garbage can with the lid tightly secured. Alternately, place them in a plastic bag and freeze them until garbage pick up day.
Check your cats ears frequently for ear mites. You may notice your cat shaking their head or scratching their ears a lot if they have them. They are tiny parasites that look like coffee grounds in your cat’s ears. If you have more than one cat, they can also travel from cat to cat. See a vet before using any medication on them since their ears need properly cleaned first.
Cats can have nocturnal tendencies. This refers to the fact that they are usually more active at 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.
If your cat seems to want to avoid his food bowl, try getting a different kind of bowl. Plastic can sometimes turn a cat off if it isn’t cleaned constantly, and can hold on to certain scents. Try glass or a metal bowl for best results, so your cat will keep eating.
You should not train your cat to use a litter box. Using the litter box is instinctual for cats, and they require no training. Don’t force your cat into the box or you will traumatize them.
Acclimate your cat to its carrier. Cats are not as responsive to punishment as dogs are. Cats are much more responsive to positive interaction rather than negative. Put a favorite blanket and toy in the carrier and leave it open somewhere the cat frequents. Soon, your cat will naturally enter the carrier. Once this is achieved, you can transport your cat inside the carrier much easier.
Make sure your cat is always wearing a collar with proper identification tags. Even a cat you plan on always staying indoors should have identification. Cats are curious creatures, and you never know when they might wander off to explore. Make sure the collars have tags with your contact information and your veterinarian’s information as well. This is particularly important if you have a cat with medical needs.
Keeping your cat satisfied is the biggest challenge of any cat owner. A cat is not always easily pleased, so you need to do your best to give them the life they want. The information laid out here can help you to do that, and when your cat is happy you can be happy too.