When it comes to pets, there is no animal like a cat. Their smarts, affectionate nature and sense of independence make them terrific house pets. Caring for a cat takes a concentrated effort. Read on for more information about cats and cat care in general. Take what you learn, and use it to help your cat live a happier life.
Create a warm bed for an outdoor or feral cat by lining a banana box with a thick layer of newspaper. Cut a piece of Mylar to fit the bottom of the box. Put another layer of newspaper on top. Add a warm blanket. Place the whole box inside a dog house or under a porch where it can’t get wet.
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.
Keep a clean litter box. Like you, a cat will generally not use a bathroom that is filthy. Find a quiet area out of the way that the box can stay in, and don’t move it unless absolutely necessary. Scoop solids out a couple time of day. Make sure to dump the whole box, wash it with a gentle detergent, and refill it once a week.
Get a pet water fountain. Cats can be prone to dehydration, and running water entices them to drink. It is an evolutionary habit that developed because in the wild, running water is less likely to be contaminated than a stagnant pool. Your pet will enjoy the water more, and will drink more often.
Use bitter apple on your electric cords to keep your kitty away from them. Cats who love to chew need to be kept away from cords. Any loose cords should be bundled up and placed in things like paper towel rolls. If you have rarely used electronics, put them up when you aren’t using them.
Cats are hunters by nature. They love to chase mice and other small animals and insects. Buying little fuzzy mice filled with catnip and batting them around with your cat is a great idea. Your cat will feel as though they are really hunting prey. This will also help you to connect with your cat better.
Is your cat constantly munching on your house plants? If so there is a fix for this. Growing oat grass or catnip yourself can help entice your cats away from your plants. Giving them plants that they can eat and like will help draw them to those plants over and over again.
Cats are magical and unique creatures that are perfect for homes if you take time to learn how to care for them properly. Learn all you can from this article. Apply what you’ve just learned as you set out to properly care for your cat so that both of you lead happy lives.