It is hard to please a cat. Their moods and actions can be quite a mystery. That said, if you know what you are doing, you’ll get better outcomes, even if you don’t completely understand what your cat wants. The following tips can help you care for your own cat.
Create a warm bed for an outdoor or feral cat by lining a banana box with a thick layer of newspaper. Cut a piece of Mylar to fit the bottom of the box. Put another layer of newspaper on top. Add a warm blanket. Place the whole box inside a dog house or under a porch where it can’t get wet.
Spay your cat as soon as she is old enough. This is true even if you think your cat is indoors only. One escape can lead to a lot of small kittens around. Having your cat spayed helps to control the pet population and will save you time and trouble.
If your cat is misbehaving, you can influence its behavior in a safe and humane way by using water. Fill a small squirt gun or a spray water bottle with plain water. Give your cat a few light squirts of water when you catch it misbehaving and it will soon learn to stop doing the unwanted behavior.
If you just got your cat you want to take them to the veterinarian right away, especially if it is a feral cat or kitten. Kittens are born with parasites and need shots and medication to get rid of them. Feral cats can carry diseases. This is why it is important to have them checked out immediately.
Normally cats are nocturnal animals. Do not be surprised if your cat is very active at night. If your cats keep you up at night, kick them out of the bedroom. It also protects your toes from those crafty midnight pounces.
Find out how much food you are supposed to be feeding your cat. While cat food containers give general information, find out from your vet how much food your cat should be eating. Many owners do not do this, and end up overfeeding their cats. Take the time to find out the proper amount so you don’t end up with an overweight kitty.
Consider those expensive cat litter boxes. There are cat litter boxes now that allow you to have minimal interaction with them. This can be great for anyone who is tired of cleaning a litter box. But be careful, as they may not work as easily as they claim to. If you can, make sure there is a return policy and don’t lose the receipt. You may find you prefer the old-fashioned style.
You may find it is helpful to talk to others about challenges you have with your cat. Although you might want to take care of things on your own, advice from other people with cats can be a big help. There are many online cat forums that you can visit and ask some questions. If necessary, you may need to call your veterinarian.
This article will provide you with useful tips on how to take good care of your pet. Use the advice to ensure your cat’s needs are met. Maybe he’ll even warm up to you. This is only a remote possibility though.