Poets and songwriters have often spoken of the importance of a cat in a home. Eliot said once that cats are a animal in which the household needs, this is true. A well behaved and healthy cat can enhance any household. Unfortunately, some cats do not fit this ‘perfect’ mold. Here are some things you need to know if you’re going to be living with a cat.
Watch the amount of treats that you give your cat. Like humans, cats can easily overeat junk food. This can cause them to gain weight and may lead to some health problems like heart issues and diabetes. If you do give your cat treats, give them a small amount and make it a special thing instead of a regular routine.
Set up a nice, warm and comfortable area for your cat to rest in your home. It should be lined with a warm towel or blanket. Make sure to wash the bedding regularly since it can acquire dust, dander, and anything from outside if your cat is an outdoor cat.
Putting a warm tile beneath the bed of an older cat will help it rest comfortably. Simply heat a single foot cotta tile at 200 degrees between 15 and 20 minutes. Then, wrap this up into a towel and place it underneath your cat’s bed. If you want, change it now and then so the warmth continues.
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.
Choose a high quality food. The key to a healthy cat starts with nutrition. Take a look at the ingredients label. If you look at most ‘popular’ commercial cat foods, you may be surprised to see the top ingredient listed is corn. Cats are carnivores, so look for a food with a real meat as the top ingredient. You may pay more up front, but these foods are often more nutritionally dense, meaning your cat eats less and the bag lasts longer.
Give your new cat some space. Moving to a new home can be stressful on a cat, especially one who is no longer a kitten. To help them adjust, give them a quiet place that they can call their own, such as a spare bathroom or laundry room. This gives them a safe space they can retreat to until they have become comfortable with exploring the whole house. Depending on the cat, this process may take a few days up to a month or more.
While cats can be finicky and demanding, loving and taking care of a cat can be very rewarding. It doesn’t matter if your cat is energetic or totally lazy. These tips will strengthen your bond with your cat. Soon, you’ll be hearing less meows and more purrs.