Cats are one of the leading choices for family pets in America. Their popularity isn’t there for no reason at all, people love to raise cats and enjoy the experience associated with owning a feline. You are probably ready for a cat yourself, but you shouldn’t rush out and adopt one without reading these tips first.
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.
Before acquiring a cat, be sure that you have the wherewithal to take care of all necessary vet care. Cats reproduce at an alarming rate, and spaying or neutering is essential to keeping cat population under control. Check spay, neuter and vaccination costs and packages with local vets and clinics and be sure you can afford to give your cat proper medical care.
Check with your shelter before you purchase a cat. There are tons of loving cats there, and the fees often cover the needed vet care. When adopting a shelter cat, you’re saving a life and aiding in controlling the cat population.
Make sure you keep all the recommended appointments with your cat’s veterinarian. Your cat should receive shots regularly to prevent health issues. Always use the same veterinarian if possible. This way they will know your cat’s history the best.
An inexpensive rubber welcome mat helps keep cat food off your floor. This is also a great tool to keep your cat from tracking litter out of the box. Black rubber mats cost about three dollars at dollar stores. Put your cat food dish on one and your litter box on another.
You can also consider outfitting your cat with a chip so you can monitor its whereabouts. Even cats that live their lives entirely indoors can suddenly escape out a window or door. Tags and collars can help you cat return home, but cats can wiggle out of them or risk injury by snagging them on a tree branch or bush. Microchips are as small as a rice grain and have all of your important contact information. They are impossible for your pet to lose, and most vets and shelters have equipment that can read these chips.
Cats are generally great with kids, though small kids may be too rough. Make sure your child knows how to pet a cat. Teach them which activities are good and how to properly pick your cat up. Cats have weaker bones than dogs and need more gentle treatment.
This is only enough to help you get started with raising your new kittens. From here forward, you will need to seek advice from your friends, family, and other proud parents. The internet is also a great source of feline facts that come from every source and every walk of life.