If you had the chance to save an animal’s life, would you do it? Consider all the homeless cats in shelters or feral colonies that are in desperate need of homes. Simply adopt a cat and use this article as your guide to properly caring for it.
Contact local shelters if you want to adopt a cat. Shelters have tons of great cats and their adoption fee will generally cover necessary vet care. When you bring home a shelter cat, you will be saving its life and you will be doing your part to help out.
Keep a clean litter box. Like you, a cat will generally not use a bathroom that is filthy. Find a quiet area out of the way that the box can stay in, and don’t move it unless absolutely necessary. Scoop solids out a couple time of day. Make sure to dump the whole box, wash it with a gentle detergent, and refill it once a week.
Realize that cats do not normally pant. Dogs pant to keep cool. If a cat pants, it’s a sign of trouble. Your cat could be very anxious or in pain. Likewise, rapid breathing is a sign of pain or anxiety. Be sure to contact your vet right away if your cat starts panting.
Keeping cats from a counter really can be tough. A cat will naturally want to be high enough to view everything around them. You can control this tendency a bit by making high places in the house that you feel comfortable having your cat utilize. Sometimes strategically placing a tall cat tower near your kitchen will help.
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.
Cats will be up during the night more often than not. This means that they’re going to be running around more when it gets dark. Close the door to prevent the noise from getting to you. This will keep them from attacking your toes.
Cats like to chase birds and catch them. This helps cats to build and deliver crucial hunting skills. But what if you have an indoor cat? You can find cat toys at the pet store that will help you simulate a bird flying around. Your cat will love it, and love you for it.
Who says only dogs can do tricks? Cats are very intelligent and have the ability to learn as well, especially as young kittens. Some people train their cats to play fetch just like dogs do. There are even people who have successfully trained their cat to use a regular toilet, instead of a litter box.
Adopting a cat is a wonderful thing to do. You’ve given it a safe home in which it is loved. A bond is formed that will last forever. Take care of your cat and your cat will take care of you.