Taking care of a pet cat goes a lot further than just feeding it every day. You have to consider things like it’s litter box, vet appointments and many other important facets. The following article will teach you everything you need to know about how to properly take care of your pet cat.
Don’t be pushy when you are getting to know your new cat. Cats prefer to be in control and take things at their own pace. Make sure your new cat is comfortable and safe. Let your cat take its time exploring its new environment. When your cat feels at home, it will be more likely to try to make friends with you.
Get a scratching post to keep your cat from tearing up your carpet. If you can, get a post that does not have the same type of carpet that is on the floor of your home, so your cat doesn’t associate the two. Instead, get a post that is covered in cardboard, sisal, or thick rope.
Do not allow your cat to stay bored all of the time. Cats need play and exercise. Unfortunately there are too many cat owners who don’t properly exercise their cats. Cats who get bored can actually become depressed or display other undesirable behaviors. You need to give it new toys regularly and make sure your cat has plenty of space to run and play. If they are indoors, give them a scratching post or something to climb on.
Put your cats’ litter box where it is most acceptable to him. It should not be placed in a high traffic area, and it should be far away from the cat’s food. You’ll want to place the box in a spot with good ventilation to avoid unpleasant smells. Not only will your cat appreciate it but you will too.
Wash your cat’s bed at least once a week to remove all of the bacteria from it. Even if the bed looks like it is clean, it will usually have toxins in it that can cause your pet to become sick. Replace the bed every six months to keep your cat in a sanitary environment.
Do not use medicine meant for a dog on a cat. This is especially important for topical medicines. Cats do their own cleaning, and if a dog medicine is used on a cat, your pet can ingest it. There are some medicines that work for both cats and dogs, but only use them if the vet says it is okay.
If you get a cat for your kids, make sure to set clear boundaries in advance. Let your children know which areas of the house are off-limits for the cat. If you’re planning to have an indoor cat, explain to your children that the cat is not allowed to be outside. Clearly explaining the rules will limit future mishaps.
Owning a cat is not easy. There are a number of things you need to be responsible for. Luckily, the advice in this article has taught you many of those important things. Be sure and implement what you have learned so that your cat will live a long and happy life.