Cats can make totally delightful pets, if you know the proper care techniques. If you have a cat, you must learn as much as you can about caring for your cat to keep it happy and healthy. This article is like a Rosetta Stone of cat care information.
Cats like to get into all sorts of small spaces. If they’ve got a collar on, this may put them in danger as it can get stuck. A breakaway collar is a good option since it will break if your cat pulls on it. This can make the difference in whether your cat have nine lives or only a couple of them.
To keep your cat happy and healthy, its important to schedule regular visits to the vet. Not only are regular checkups good for catching problems early, but regular visits can insure that your cat keeps up to date on its vaccinations. If you don’t know when the last time your cat had its shots, schedule an appointment for booster shots as soon as possible.
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.
Protecting your cat from household chemicals is something that you may already know, but did you know that protecting them from medications is just as important? Common over the counter medicines such as ibuprofen can be toxic to your cat, even in small doses. Keep your medication safely out of the reach of your cat.
Keep your cat indoors. Unlike dogs, it is nearly impossible to confine a cat to a yard. This can lead to many dangers for your cat, from cars, dogs, diseases from feral cats, and simply disappearing to parts unknown. Loose cats also be a nuisance to others, often killing songbirds and leaving unwelcome ‘deposits’ in neighbor’s gardens. If your cat really enjoys the outdoors, they can be trained to wear a harness and leash or you can invest in a specialty cat fence or screened-in porch.
Make your own enclosed litter box from a large tote box with a lid. Use a coffee can lid as a pattern to cut a door in one side of the tote. Place the coffee can lid fairly high up on the side of the tote. Trace around it with a permanent marker. Cut out the circle with tin snips or a box cutter. Add litter. Put on the lid.
Crystals form in urine from male cats. This can be prevented with good food choices. Passing stones or crystals hurts and can cost you a ton in vet bills if they don’t come out naturally. Let your cat have food that doesn’t have a lot of magnesium in it. Look over the label. Fish products are usually higher in magnesium.
Cats are great pets, but they need proper care. Read this article as many times as needed. With the proper care and love, your cat will live a long, healthy life.