There’s nothing quite like the company of a cat, but only if you are a responsible pet owner. Medical expenses, toys, food and cat litter can quickly add up. The following are a few tips that should help you to find more enjoyable, less expensive ways to care for your cat.
Clip your cats nails regularly. Cats do have to scratch. However, when cats scratch, their nail sheaths come off and their sharp, pointy claws are exposed. Clipping your cat’s claws every two to three weeks keeps them blunt and helps keep harm to furniture, humans, and other pets to a minimum.
Check your cats ears frequently for ear mites. You may notice your cat shaking their head or scratching their ears a lot if they have them. They are tiny parasites that look like coffee grounds in your cat’s ears. If you have more than one cat, they can also travel from cat to cat. See a vet before using any medication on them since their ears need properly cleaned first.
Generally, cats love to stay on the counter. Cats enjoy going into high places so that they can see what’s going on around the house. Making a place high-up for your cat can solve this issue. If you place a cat tower around the kitchen area, they may be less likely to lay on your counters.
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.
Put the right amount of cat litter in the litter box. Some people try to get out of cleaning the box by putting too much litter in there. Cats don’t like walking on sand dunes. Two inches or so should be sufficient for the cat’s needs, and you just have to be vigilant about cleaning the box out.
When the cat’s litter box starts to become rough and worn at the bottom, it is time to replace it. If you leave it this way, it will cause waste to accumulate in damaged areas. Your cat may be very offended by the odor and decide to use the bathroom somewhere else in the house.
When getting a small kitten to eat dry kitten food, be patient. At first they usually just play with food. It may take a little while, but they’ll eventually learn that they are supposed to eat it rather than toy with it. If the food is moistened first with milk, a kitten may take to it faster.
There is a lot of responsibility involved with a long-haired cat. Even though that nice coat of beautiful silky fur looks great, it can leave a mess on your floors, furniture and clothing. You must be willing to spend more time cleaning your home. Long haired cats often have hairball problems.
It’s difficult to deny that owning any type of pet comes with costs and conundrums. Being a cat parent can be labor and time intensive. As this article has shown, there are many things that must be done to keep your cat happy and healthy.