Cats are downright mysterious by their nature. They can ignore you for hours, only to suddenly demand your undivided attention. Though your cat may confuse you, nothing beats him or her sitting on your lap, purring. Here are some things you can do to make sure you’re caring properly for your cat.
To help prevent tapeworm infestation in cats, feed a small amount of food grade diatomaceous earth for two weeks out of each month. About a quarter of a teaspoon per cat per day is adequate. Food grade diatomaceous earth kills internal parasites and causes them to be expelled from the system.
Make sure you have a good pet carrier or basket for transporting your cats from one location to the next. A proper carrier or basket should have enough room for them to turn around in comfortably. It should also be easy to clean. Make sure that it is lined with a blanket, cushion, or towel to help it stay comfortable and cozy for them when traveling.
Have your cat spayed or neutered. Pet overpopulation is a growing problem, with millions of homeless cats and kittens euthanized every year. Besides the problem of too many kittens and not enough homes, unfixed cats can have a multitude of behavior problems. Males who are not neutered at a young age often start spraying to mark their territory, and females who are allowed to come into heat yowl incessantly as they try to escape to find a mate. Kittens can begin to breed as early as 4 months of age, so get your new kitten spayed or neutered as soon as possible.
When you get a cat for your kids, make sure your kids know the rules in advance. Tell your kids which rooms the cat is allowed in. If your cat is going to be one that stays inside, let the kids know that it’s not allowed outside. By making the rules well known to your children, your children will understand what is and is not allowed.
Understand that your cat is easily influenced by its surroundings. Cats have superior memories and will usually retain training for a lifetime. Conversely, they also retain frightening experiences and it takes them a long time to get over their fears. Be encouraging with your cat and avoid situations that scare them.
When taking your cat or kitten to the vet, or to other places that involve a car ride, it is wise to socialize him to this situation. Try taking your cat, always in a carrier, on short rides, adding time to the ride every so often. Getting your pet used to the car can mean the end of his fear and frustration, as well as yours.
Cats are puzzling, but they are also very rewarding. Use the ideas in this piece to get the most of your relationship. Cats make wonderful pets for most people, but only if you are willing and able to give them the care and attention they deserve.