It is hard to describe how wonderful it is to have a cat. You also have to realize that having your own cat is hard work. If you own a cat, there are a number of things you should know about. Thankfully, the following paragraphs will give you the knowledge you need. Keep reading for some very helpful insights you can apply today.
Groom your cat. Regular combing and brushing is usually all that is required. This will keep your cat’s coat clean. It will reduce shedding, which means that they won’t be experiencing a ton of hairballs. A well-groomed feline looks great on their own, but also helps keep a home well-groomed too.
Choose a high quality food. The key to a healthy cat starts with nutrition. Take a look at the ingredients label. If you look at most ‘popular’ commercial cat foods, you may be surprised to see the top ingredient listed is corn. Cats are carnivores, so look for a food with a real meat as the top ingredient. You may pay more up front, but these foods are often more nutritionally dense, meaning your cat eats less and the bag lasts longer.
Get your cat sprayed and neutered to prevent diseases and infections that form in the reproductive system. This can also help reduce the chance for overpopulation in the country, as just one male who is not neutered can produce up to half a million offspring over the course of his life.
Having a hard time giving your cat a bath? Try this. Take an old window screen and put it in your sink or bathtub. Put your cat in, and he will claw the screen and stay there. Then start washing, but do don’t dilly dally. Use a cup to help you to pour warm water on your cat unless you have a movable shower head.
Who says only dogs can do tricks? Cats are very intelligent and have the ability to learn as well, especially as young kittens. Some people train their cats to play fetch just like dogs do. There are even people who have successfully trained their cat to use a regular toilet, instead of a litter box.
Do you have more than one cat? If so, then you should have more than one litter box as well. Having one for each of your cats will give them multiple spots to go. If the odor gets too much you can add a little baking soda to the litter to freshen it up.
Find a litter that your cat enjoys. Different litters have different smells and textures, so help your cat to find a litter that he is generally comfortable with using. Cats generally like to keep things the same though, so don’t experiment too often or your cat may avoid the litter box.
Cats create years of enjoyment for the families who own them. Pets are good for kids and adults. That said, it brings many responsibilities, too. Be sure to use this information if you want to make a cat part of your home.