Would you save a pet’s life if you could? There are literally millions of cats that need a good home. It only takes some knowledge and commitment to care for a cat. Read here about how to approach the process properly.
Cats love to get into tight, small spaces. A collar can become a liability if your cat is especially adventurous. Collars designed to release when sufficient force is applied (‘breakaway’ collars) are a great idea. It can really be a life saver for your cat.
As your cat gets older, changes in behavior may signal pain. If your cat doesn’t like to jump or climb any more, it may be in pain. If your cat stops taking care of grooming or stops using its litter box, pain may be the cause. Be sure to have your older cat checked out by your vet if you notice behavior changes.
For a healthier, happier cat choose plain litter over scented litter. Cats like nice, clean, clumping cat litter. Scoop your cats litter box daily and change it completely every three days or so. When you change the box, wash it out with water and dish soap. Don’t waste your money on liners as cats tend to destroy them.
Generally, cats love to stay on the counter. Cats instinctively want to be at a high vantage point so they can survey their surroundings. One way to combat this behavior is to proved your cat with an elevated place it is okay to climb on. Sometimes strategically placing a tall cat tower near your kitchen will help.
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.
Keep the litter box clean. Cats are naturally very clean animals, and a dirty litter box will have your cat looking for alternative places to relieve himself. Cats also value their privacy, so try to locate the box in an area that does not get a lot of foot traffic.
When training a cat, take the proper approach. Encouragement works better than anger. If you are trying to teach a kitten to use a litterbox, for instance, yelling will only frighten a small cat. When the cat starts to go outside the box, gently place them in the box so they learn.
If your cat begins defecating or urinating too frequently, it’s time to see the vet. They’re trying to tell you something is wrong. Often this problem is quickly and inexpensively cured with a common antibiotic.
Being a cat owner should bring you pride. You’re opening up your home and providing love to a cat that truly needs it. This will most certainly cause a strong bond to form, lasting even longer than the animal is alive. Take care of your cat and your cat will take care of you.