Being curious – and occasionally odd – is in your cats nature. Your cat might enjoy your company, but it is usually on his terms. They are very perplexing animals; however, it does feel nice when one is purring on your lap. Here are some great ideas to help you with your furry friend.
If you have a male cat, it is important to have him neutered before he goes into heat. When male cats start maturing, they will begin to spray around the house. It smells like ammonia and is hard to remove. Having your male cat neutered can help to prevent this from happening.
Cats are constantly grooming themselves, and this is why they rarely need a bath. If your cat gets into something particularly stinky, a bath will not hurt them. If your cat does not like water you might want to wear gloves so that you do not get scratched. You might also want to enlist the help of a friend or family member.
Cat claws are one of the worst enemies of your home and furniture. If you find your cat shredding your furniture, consider purchasing a scratching post or cat tower. You should scold your cat when it scratches your furniture and direct its attention to the scratching post or tower. It doesn’t happen overnight but with some patience, you should be able to save your house from the claws.
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.
Make sure to keep chemicals and dangerous substances away from your cat. Chemicals like antifreeze have a sweet taste. This encourages the cat to drink it, most often resulting in fatal consequences. Keeping your chemicals locked up in a cabinet will help to ensure that your curious cat does not end up ingesting poison.
Use petting to check on your cat’s health. Petting isn’t just a way for you and your cat to spend time together, but it’s a great way to find anything abnormal on their body. You can pet them to feel for bumps, lumps, or sores. This is also a great time for you to check their ears.
Consider having your cat fitted with a microchip. Even though a cat may live inside, you never know if it will run out the door to escape. While a collar with a tag is useful, remember that your cat may be able to escape from the collar while they are away. Collars can also harm your cat if they get caught. A microchip about as big as a grain of rice and holds all the contact information your cat needs. Most organizations that deal with animal care can scan your cat for microchips, and because they are implanted, they won’t get lost.
Though cats may be confusing, they can also become your best friends. The above advice will allow you to give them a better life. Cats make wonderful pets for most people, but only if you are willing and able to give them the care and attention they deserve.