Poets and songwriters have often spoken of the importance of a cat in a home. He said that cats were designed in a way that a home depends on them, and that is a true statement in a way. A cat that is friendly and happy boosts any family. Cats are definitely not the simplest creatures to share your home with. Consider these tips for how you can coexist with your pet.
When considering a new pet, make sure you visit the area shelter first. Shelters have lots of great cats available, and your adoption fee often covers key veterinary services. When you adopt a cat from a shelter, you save a life and help keep the cat population under control.
Though things may appear to be fine, you should always schedule regular medical checkups for your feline pet. The vet will be able to provide your cat with needed vaccinations and any medications it requires. Veterinarians also keep tabs on your cat’s overall health and diagnose any problems they find. Always use the same veterinarian if possible. This way, the vet will be very familiar with your cat and its history.
If you have outdoor cats, be sure to discourage pests such as coyotes, possums and raccoons by bringing cat food indoors at night. Feed your cats first thing in the morning, and make sure there is no food left at nightfall. This will keep your cats safe from attack and illness.
Make a free toy for your cat by placing a little dry rice or a few dry beans inside an empty pill bottle. Close the lid and roll the rattly toy across the floor. Most cats can’t resist the sound and motion. You can also tie a length of twine around the neck of the bottle to make a pull toy or a dangly toy.
Get a microchip for your cat. Even indoor cats may get out of your home at some point. Although collars and tags are beneficial, some cats may even wiggle out of them. Microchips are minuscule, but can hold all the essential information about your cat and its hope. Nearly every vet and shelter owns a scanner which can read a microchip, and since they’re implanted, there isn’t a risk of the chip falling out or getting lost.
Refrain from giving your cat any food that is spoiled. This can lead to indigestion and food poisoning, which can cost you a trip to the veterinarian. Always buy your food fresh from the store and be sure to check the expiration date before you feed it to your cat.
Go pick yourself up one of those water fountains for cats. Cats like running water for drink more than water that is just sitting there. Cats react better to a moving water stream. You have perhaps noticed that your cat enjoys drinking from the running sink. Drinking fountains are more environmentally-friendly and they let your cat drink naturally.
Caring for your cat is a lot of work but your cat is worth it. Whether you have a cat that’s hyper or one that sleeps too much, you can use the tips above to help you take better care of your cat. You’ll hear less meowing and more purring then.