When they take in a cat for the first time, many families run into challenges they never considered beforehand. If you don’t prepare for your cat in advance, you will be in trouble. Just remember, even with proper planning, there will always be unknowns when dealing with cats. Reviewing tips like those found below is very helpful; just remember to ready yourself for some surprises along the way.
Avoid being kept awake by your cat romping through the house at night. When you first get your kitten, establish a habit of putting it to bed in a comfortable crate with a nice bed, litter box, food and water at night. If you start this early, your cat will appreciate having its own safe, cozy room.
Play with your cat using proper cat toys. Cats love toys that help them feel like the predators that they think they are. Try sticking with toys that help them dance around or jump. This can also help them use extra energy by pouncing on toys instead of people’s feet.
If you replace an old scratching post, your cat may be unhappy with the new one. Save money on scratching posts. Wrap your old scratching post with some sisal rope to spiff it up. Your cat will be happy not to lose its favorite old post. You will save a little cash.
When you move your cat from one house to another, be sure to move the cat last. Set up a quiet room with familiar items for the cat. Keep your cat in the room and quiet for a day or two. Visit and feed the cat in the room. After a couple of days, the cat can explore the rest of the house.
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.
Male felines tend to have a build-up of crystals that present in the urine, so you need to avoid this with proper nutrition. Passing stones or crystals hurts and can cost you a ton in vet bills if they don’t come out naturally. Feed your cat food that is low in magnesium. Read the ingredient list on the label. Poultry-based foods are generally lower in magnesium than fish.
Brush your cat’s coat often. The act of brushing helps the coat become glossy, and it helps stimulate the skin. Also, it helps manage loose hair. This will help to eliminate hairballs, which build in your cat’s stomach and prevents it from grooming itself.
These tips should be useful whether you have a Siamese kitten or an old Bengal. The concepts you just went over are the basics and can help you to raise a cat so that it’s a happy and healthy animal the rest of its life. The number one thing you should do is enjoy having your cat around.