There is a quote by a famous author that broke down how important cats are. T.S. Eliot once said that households depend on cats, and there may be some truth to this. Happy, healthy cats can make life complete. Sadly, cats can be temperamental. Here’s some great tips to help you get along better with your cat.
If you have multiple cats, save money on cat dishes by checking your local dollar store for salsa dishes. You can usually get a package of three for a dollar. These are sturdy and come in pretty colors. They look nice in your kitchen, and they are just the right size for cat food.
Make sure you keep all the recommended appointments with your cat’s veterinarian. Cats need vaccinations to keep them healthy, and your vet can keep an eye out for any other health issues. When you find a vet you like, stick with them. They will understand your cat and its issues better this way.
Cats love to play so make sure that you provide them with lots of toys. Cats enjoy batting around a fake mouse or little ball around the room. Some cats even develop a favorite toy. Playing with your cat is not only fun, it helps them to get exercise too.
Make a free toy for your cat by placing a little dry rice or a few dry beans inside an empty pill bottle. Close the lid and roll the rattly toy across the floor. Most cats can’t resist the sound and motion. You can also tie a length of twine around the neck of the bottle to make a pull toy or a dangly toy.
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.
Don’t use dog products on your cats ever. Cats usually react negatively to items made especially for dogs. This is especially true of flea products. Flea products that are intended for a dog can kill a cat. In fact, it is a good idea to separate your cat and dog for a few hours after your dog has taken flea medication.
Microchips are an increasingly popular form of pet protection. Even a house cat may end up lost outside, no matter how careful you are. A collar and identification tags can help bring your pet back to you. But experts point out that collars that do not snap apart quickly if your cat gets it caught on a branch or even a bush can accidentally strangle your cat. Your important information can all fit nicely on a rice grain sized microchip. Nearly all veterinarians and shelters now have scanners capable of reading the information on these chips, and since they are under the skin, there is no chance of the chip getting lost.
Being the owner of a cat isn’t always the easiest thing to be, but it is very rewarding. No matter what type of cat you have, these tips will assist you in a more positive experience with your pet. With any luck, you will hear more purrs and less meows.