You probably look at your cat as a family member. If so, it’s important you do whatever it takes to keep your cat healthy. Parasites can compromise your pet’s health. Read on for some of the best methods for keeping pests off your cats.
Keep your cat occupied by making your own dangly toys. Using soft cotton rope, cut a length of about two feet. Tie a knot at one end. Tie another knot about three inches from the opposite end. Unravel the rope below this knot. Attach the rope to the back of a kitchen chair for your cat to play.
You should be bringing your cat to their vet for a check-up regularly. Cats need vaccinations to keep them healthy, and your vet can keep an eye out for any other health issues. For the most consistent pet care, choose one veterinarian and stick with them. This will ensure they know the history of your cat well.
If your cat is an outdoor cat or a cat that has a habit of getting outside, they need proper identification. The cat should have a safety collar and an ID tag. Safety collars that have elastic bands allow cats to get out of the collar if they get it caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help your cat get returned if they’re lost.
Spay your female cat. Even if your cat is an indoor cat, if she escapes while she is in heat you might end up with a lot of kittens on your hands. Your best bet is to have your female cat spayed.
Cats and electrical cords don’t mix. If you notice your cat has a habit of chewing on electric cords, try to bundle them up and hide them out of the cat’s reach. If that’s not possible, spray a little bit of bitter apple onto the cords. Not only is bitter apple non-toxic, cats absolutely hate the taste.
Feed your cat a proper diet. Cats are carnivores and have specific dietary needs. Feed them quality cat food that has been approved by AAFCO or the Association of American Feed Control Officials. If you wish to make your cat’s food yourself, make sure you speak with a vet about necessary supplements or specific recipes that your cat needs to eat.
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.
Consider those expensive cat litter boxes. There are cat litter boxes now that allow you to have minimal interaction with them. This can be great for anyone who is tired of cleaning a litter box. But be careful, as they may not work as easily as they claim to. If you can, make sure there is a return policy and don’t lose the receipt. You may find you prefer the old-fashioned style.
Cats can acquire parasites, despite good quality care. These vermin will remain with your pet unless you take action. The techniques mentioned above can help you eradicate and prevent them. Saving your cat from these pesky creatures will benefit your cat and your peace of mind.