A lot of people think that cats are not as affectionate as dogs, but that is simply not true. Your cat can be a wonderful friend to you, and any cat owner knows that. You just need to know how to properly care for this wonderful animal. Here are some effective ways to care for your cat.
Don’t use items on a cat that are meant for a dog. Cats are known to have severe negative reactions when exposed to products designed for dogs. This warning applies to products for getting rid of fleas. These products can be fatal for your cat. You need to separate your pets when you treat them for fleas.
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.
You can keep your cat away from electrical cords by spraying them with some bitter apple. If your cat plays with cords, put them up and out of the way, or you can hide them in old paper towel rolls. 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). Cats are drawn to wires and cords, so you should keep them out of sight and out of mind if they are not being used.
Whenever you take your cat anywhere, use a cat carrier. No matter how gentle your cat is, it could become frightened. If this happens, it could bolt off and be quickly lost, injured or killed. At the vet’s office, your cat will be safe from unpredictable animals if you use a pet carrier.
Don’t let your cat’s days pass without stimulation and excitement. Cats need to exercise and play. Many owners just don’t have time. Bored cats will quickly wreck your home or become obese. You need to give it new toys regularly and make sure your cat has plenty of space to run and play. If you have an indoor cat, offer him a variety of toys, scratching post or objects he can climb on.
You might find that your cat sleeps all day and wants to be active at night. This means that they will be the most active at night time. If your cat is keeping you up at night, you should close the door to your bedroom. This will keep the cats away while you’re trying to sleep because they won’t be jumping all over you.
Caring for a cat can take some time and patience, as cats will typically express pleasure and displeasure about the way things are going. However, the information here can help you to care for your cat in an effective way that keeps you both happy. Your friendship can last for years to come.