No amount of articles can prepare you for raising your first cat. This is a wonderful and exciting experience that you may only have once in life. Make every moment count by having fun with your pet, feeding it delicious food, and keeping it active outside of the home. If this is your first cat, you’ll be glad you took the time to read this article and get prepared.
If your cat suddenly goes off its feed for no apparent reason, try tempting treats such as jack mackerel, tuna, or cream of chicken soup in small amounts. These are not complete foods and shouldn’t be fed long term, but they are extremely tasty to cats. A finicky cat may start eating again and keep on when given one of these treats.
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.
It’s not easy convincing your pet that the kitchen counter is a no-cats zone. Cats have a natural predilection for staking out a nice elevated place where they have a good view of their surroundings. You can control this tendency a bit by making high places in the house that you feel comfortable having your cat utilize. If you place a cat tower around the kitchen area, they may be less likely to lay on your counters.
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.
Chances are, your feline spends many hours grooming himself. In long-haired cats, hairballs can result from excess grooming. There are special foods you can give to your cat to reduce this problem. Some foods contain extra oils and nutrients, specifically designed to prevent or diminish hairball concerns.
Who says only dogs can do tricks? Cats are very intelligent and have the ability to learn as well, especially as young kittens. Some people train their cats to play fetch just like dogs do. There are even people who have successfully trained their cat to use a regular toilet, instead of a litter box.
If you’re thinking about raising an outdoor cat, you should strongly reconsider. Cats come to harm outside every day. The cat can get fleas or something much worse. There is the possibility they may get injured by another animal, even people and cars too. If your cat really wants to go outside, let it out into a small area in your yard.
Your first cat is a special pet that should remain in your memories as a great time spent raising an adorable animal. Future pets will get easier to train and feed, but cats will always be a complex, confusing, messy animal. Small changes here and there help make this a unique experience.