Fun, furry, and finicky: three words that perfectly describe cats. Some need special diets, and that is only the beginning. The information below will help you raise a happy and healthy feline friend.
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.
To safely help an old cat feel comfortable, place a heated tile under its bed. Heat a fabric covered heating pad in the microwave for a couple of minutes, making sure that is not too hot to the touch. Cover with a small blanket or towel, then place it beneath your pet’s bed. This should be changed a few times a day to maximize comfort.
Never use something that is intended for a canine on your feline. If you try to use products meant for dogs, it can make your cat sick, or even kill him. This happens a lot with flea products. Dog products that are flea related can kill a cat. After getting the dog treated, keep the cat away for many hours.
If you find you cat is harming furniture or other objects, it may be bored. Keep a few safe toys around for your cat to play with. Scratching posts can also deter your cat from scratching your furniture. Or, build a small cat house out of cardboard. Your cat will love having a place to hide, and the cardboard can also be used to scratch on.
Keep your cat’s coat healthy by giving them a supplement of nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is an inexpensive supplement that can be found in most health food stores. Simply sprinkle a little bit on your cat’s dry food, or mix it in with their wet food. Not only do they love how it tastes, but it’s full of protein and vitamins that will keep them looking their best.
If you wish to add another cat to your home, give it a couple weeks for your old cat and your new cat to grow accustomed to each other. In the early days, you may see a lot of posturing from the cats including hissing and swatting at each other. Over time, though, they will learn to tolerate each other and eventually form a close bond.
Ensure that your new cat is spayed or neutered. This is important even if your cat will not be outdoors or around cats of the opposite gender. Studies show that spayed cats are less vulnerable to uterine, mammary, and ovarian cancer. Neutering your male cat decreases his risk of developing prostate cancer. Another benefit of neutering is that your cat will not feel compelled to mark his territory by spraying.
Making sure your cat is taken care of can be easy if you know what you’re doing and if the animal behaves right off the bat. But, you have to remember that most cats won’t be that easy to take care of. Use what you’ve just learned to make wise cat care decisions. The best benefit is a mutually satisfactory experience for you and the cat.