Cats have interesting personalities. They seem so independent, but they like your company as well. Though your cat may confuse you, nothing beats him or her sitting on your lap, purring. Read on to find out what makes them tick.
Your cat will want to climb into small spaces. There are ways to make sure that their collar does not get stuck. Breakaway collars are made to come off if tugged on vigorously. This will help you save your cat’s life.
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.
Your home furnishings can fall victim to your cat’s sharp claws. If you find your cat tearing up things around your home, buy a scratching post or cat tower. Encourage your cat to scratch where you want them to. This solution might take time to take, but it will help in the end.
An inexpensive rubber welcome mat helps keep cat food off your floor. This is also a great tool to keep your cat from tracking litter out of the box. Black rubber mats cost about three dollars at dollar stores. Put your cat food dish on one and your litter box on another.
Make sure you have a good pet carrier or basket for transporting your cats from one location to the next. A proper carrier or basket should have enough room for them to turn around in comfortably. It should also be easy to clean. Make sure that it is lined with a blanket, cushion, or towel to help it stay comfortable and cozy for them when traveling.
Make your own enclosed litter box from a large tote box with a lid. Use a coffee can lid as a pattern to cut a door in one side of the tote. Place the coffee can lid fairly high up on the side of the tote. Trace around it with a permanent marker. Cut out the circle with tin snips or a box cutter. Add litter. Put on the lid.
If you’re thinking about raising an outdoor cat, you should strongly reconsider. It can be unsafe. Your cat could get fleas or even worse parasites. They can get in a fight or be hit by a car. If you’ve just got to have the cat outdoors, limit it to an enclosed area.
If your cat has to have a surgery such as being spayed or neutered, they will need rest when they come home. It is hard to keep a cat from jumping up on furniture, but necessary to avoid pulling out stitches. Designate an area in your house for your cat to recuperate where they will be less likely to injure themselves, until they are healed enough to roam free.
Cats are really hard to decipher, but they are definitely loyal pets. Let the suggestions in this article help you to make their lives more comfortable. A well cared for cat can be a true joy and can be the beginning of a great friendship.