Cats are great animals and intelligent pets. It is essential to educate yourself on how to properly care for your cat. The following article will help you learn the answers to the most important questions new cat owners have.
If you just got your cat you want to take them to the veterinarian right away, especially if it is a feral cat or kitten. Kittens are born with parasites and need shots and medication to get rid of them. Feral cats can carry diseases. This is why it is important to have them checked out immediately.
When you move your cat from one house to another, be sure to move the cat last. Set up a quiet room with familiar items for the cat. Keep your cat in the room and quiet for a day or two. Visit and feed the cat in the room. After a couple of days, the cat can explore the rest of the house.
Cats love to be clean. Long-haired cats often develop hairballs. Buy your cat specialized food to prevent this problem. There are foods that are made to reduce the frequency of hairballs. It’s a smart move for your cat and your sanity.
If you’re traveling with your cat, take care to remember their ears. You may prefer loud music as you drive down the freeway, blasting your stereo, but your feline friend likes softer sounds better. To keep your cat calm and collected over the course of your trip, keep the stereo low – or perhaps off entirely.
Use short words when you want to express displeasure with your cat. A short ‘no’ will be remembered, even if not always followed. A lot of people think that cats don’t listen to anything, but short word commands are certainly understood by cats, and they will respond to those commands if you are consistent with them.
If you want to have your cat for many years, it is a good idea to keep them indoors. While a cat may enjoy going outside, it is statistically proven that outdoor cats live shorter lives than indoor cats. There are dangers to a cat that spends time outside, not least of all other animals.
Having a hard time giving your cat a bath? Try this. Take an old window screen and put it in your sink or bathtub. Put your cat in, and he will claw the screen and stay there. Then start washing, but do don’t dilly dally. Use a cup to help you to pour warm water on your cat unless you have a movable shower head.
A cat’s nails can grow really quickly. They sharpen their nails by scratching on different surfaces like a scratching post. You can help avoid your cat destroying your furniture by clipping their nails often. This will help to discourage your cat from scratching at different things around your house.
As you’ve read, a cat can be a wonderful companion. Keeping your cat happy and healthy means learning as much as you can about cat care. Take advantage of all the suggestions this article provides. You will be thanked by your cat.