Cats are a very common house pet but there is also a wide population of wild cats. These cats are overpopulated and can be a nuisance. Dealing with these issues is troubling.
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.
Make sure your cat is out of harms way by putting a little bitter apple on all the electrical cords to avoid them getting shocked. Keep your cords covered if you feel like your cat is hellbent on chewing them. Loose cords can be bundled and tucked inside old paper towel rolls. Electronic items with tasty-looking, thin cords (video game controllers, phone chargers, and so on) should be stored securely when you’re not using them.
A great toy for your cat is a laser pointer. Cats love to chase the laser around and try to catch it. This will help you give your cat some exercise, while your cat is having fun at the same time. It will also help to fine-tune their hunting skills.
If your cat takes all the ornaments off the Christmas tree, don’t fight it. Begin collecting attractive cat toys and unbreakable ornaments to decorate the tree next year. Be sure not to decorate with potentially dangerous items like tinsel and garlands. Tinsel is a choking hazard for cats and garlands can cause strangulation.
Some male cats get urinary crystals, but this is preventable with proper diet. Passing these crystals is painful and the vet bill to have this corrected is expensive. Your cat needs food low in magnesium. Read the labels. Avoid fish products.
You should do regular checkups of your cat between veterinarian visits. A good time to do this is when you are petting the animal. Check the entire body for things like scabs and lesions. Also look in and around the ears for any discharge, which can be a sign of ear mites. Check the cat from head to tail.
If you have a kitten, a very important part of raising him is to get him socialized. This means making sure he is comfortable in many situations. These include: handling by humans, grooming and nail care, vet visits, and other social situations. The time to do this is between ten and twelve weeks of age.
If you want a cat to come your way, it may be a good idea for you to refrain from looking at them. Cats do not like it when people look them directly in the eye, so they tend to go the other way. This is why it seems as if cats always gravitate toward people who are not really fond of animals.
Hopefully, this article has prepared you to treat cats a bit better and deal with them in an appropriate manner. Your cat will thank you for taking the time to read this article. Keep in mind that all cats are very sensitive and require a lot of care. You never know what the future holds, and it could be that you find a certain feral cat your life winds up incomplete without.