As one of the best pets out there, cats are a pleasure to have, but caring for them can get a bit spendy. Veterinarian bills, cat food, cat toys and kitty litter all add up. You should keep reading to learn more about properly caring for your cat.
Avoid being kept awake by your cat romping through the house at night. When you first get your kitten, establish a habit of putting it to bed in a comfortable crate with a nice bed, litter box, food and water at night. If you start this early, your cat will appreciate having its own safe, cozy room.
You should take your cat to the vet on a regular basis to maintain optimum health. They should have regular check ups annually, and more appointments should be made if they need to get important shots. Cats should see a vet right away if any health problems or injuries needing treatment occur.
Never use a product on your cat that is intended for dogs. Cats will react very negatively to any products intended for dogs. Flea products should not be used on cats in any circumstance. Canine flea medications are strong and often made from a different formula than the feline version. They can cause death in cats. After your dog receives a flea treatment, keep your cat away for at least a few hours.
Feed your cats proper food. Remember that cats must eat meat. Only give your cats cat food to eat. Do not feed them or let them eat dog food. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs and some of the ingredients in dog food could harm your cat. Feeding your cat dog food for food could also lead to malnourishment, among other issues.
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.
If you give your kids a kitten, provide them with firm boundaries at the same time. Let your children know which areas of the house are off-limits for the cat. If you want your cat to stay indoors, then the children must understand the seriousness of never letting it out. If you make the rules ahead of time, you can be sure your kids understand them.
Do not try to bathe a kitten that is less than four weeks old. It is not very easy for a young kitten to regulate the temperature of their body. This may result in the kitten getting a chill. To be on the safe side you should wait between 12 and 16 weeks after they are born to bathe them for the first time.
Pets can be pricy to care for and cats aren’t an exception. Cats generally need a lot of care which can be considered similar to caring for a child. Fortunately, you have many options for providing essential care to your cat.