Cats can at times require extensive grooming. However, you don’t do this like you would for a dog. Cats have special requirements, and you must be prepared to make certain accommodations for their care. The following information will help you learn more about all aspects of cat care.
If you have outdoor cats, be sure to discourage pests such as coyotes, possums and raccoons by bringing cat food indoors at night. Feed your cats first thing in the morning, and make sure there is no food left at nightfall. This will keep your cats safe from attack and illness.
Play with your cat using proper cat toys. Cats love toys that help them feel like the predators that they think they are. Try sticking with toys that help them dance around or jump. This can also help them use extra energy by pouncing on toys instead of people’s feet.
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.
Do not assume that because a medication is okay for you to take, that it is safe for your cat as well. Many medications made for humans are lethal to cats, such as acetaminophen containing drugs and aspirin. Always check with your veterinarian before you give your cat anything.
Some male cats get urinary crystals, but this is preventable with proper diet. Passing these crystals is painful and the vet bill to have this corrected is expensive. Make sure your cat’s food is not high in magnesium. Read the label on any food you choose. Poultry products will tend to have lower amounts than seafood based products.
There’s always a chance that you cat can slip outside your home and become lost. This can be prevented with a breakaway collar. The collar includes an ID, featuring your name, phone number, and address. If the cat is found, anyone can easily contact you and return the cat to you thanks to the information on the collar.
When the cat’s litter box starts to become rough and worn at the bottom, it is time to replace it. If you leave it this way, it will cause waste to accumulate in damaged areas. Your cat may be very offended by the odor and decide to use the bathroom somewhere else in the house.
You should install a small drinking fountain for your cat. A cat will always drink from running water if possible. Cats respond well to this stream of water. In fact, some cats prefer running sink water to their own water bowls. Also, a cat drinking fountain is better for the environment and allows them to be more natural.
A well groomed cat will look and feel wonderful. You control how healthy your cat looks and feels. Your cat will be happier and healthier if you take good care of it. Apply the advice in this piece, and make sure your cat is groomed regularly.