It is very enjoyable owning a cat. However, as with any pet there is a lot of care involved when looking after a cat. Cat owners need to know of the responsibilities that come with having a feline. This article can help you see what they are. Keep reading to find out more.
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.
Spray bitter apple on electrical cords to keep cats away from them. Most office stores sell a tube that you can stick all of your wires and cords through if the spray doesn’t work. If you have loose electrical cords, you can bundle them up and stow them away in a cardboard tube (think toilet paper or paper towel rolls). Any electronic item not in use should be stored away where the cat can’t get to it.
If you absolutely must bathe a cat, set everything up in advance. Set up two tubs large enough to dunk a cat. Fill them with comfortably warm water. Set your open bottle of cat shampoo, a heavy towel, and a secure pet carrier close by. Wear heavy rubber gloves. Grasp your cat by the scruff of the neck. Dunk, shampoo and scrub quickly in one tub. Dunk to rinse in the second tub. Wrap the cat securely in the towel and place in the carrier to dry.
Give your cats easier access to a window in order to keep your curtains from getting scratched. Putting vertical blinds up will allow the easiest access for your cat, but if you need to keep your curtains, use a lightweight rod that will fall if your cat attempts to climb the curtains. It will keep both your curtains and your cat safe.
If your cat is pregnant, set up a comfortable, safe place for her to have her kittens. A big cardboard box equipped with a pillow and blanket is good. Place it in the back of a closet or other out of the way place. Keep food and water dishes nearby.
If your cat kicks litter all over the floor, simply use a bigger container. A large, roomy tote with high sides makes a good litter box. A big round tub also makes a good litter box. A restaurant size bus tub is a capacious litter box. Providing higher sides and more space will solve your cat’s litter kicking problem.
Don’t allow your cat become bored. Cats need stimulation. Sometimes, cat owners don’t realize this. Bored cats can suffer from depression, extreme compulsive disorders, and other harmful issues that can negatively impact their overall health and well-being. Give them plenty of room to exercise and a wide selections of toys. Indoor cats will appreciate having a structure they can climb on or a dedicated scratching post.
As this article has told you before, there is a lot to gain in owning a cat. In order for your cat to be healthy and happy, you must give it the right care and attention. Ensure that you are successful in your cat endeavors by keeping what you learned here close by.