People have had cats as pets since the beginnings of recorded time. Cats have also inspired countless works of art, including songs, plays, and films. Cats are the boss, after all. The following tips will help you care for, and live successfully with, your cat.
Have your kids help you take care of the cat. Assign daily jobs such as feeding the cat and cleaning the litter box. Not only will taking care of the cat teach them responsibility, it also gives you a break from these tasks. This means that you can spend more time cuddling with your cat.
If you just got your cat you want to take them to the veterinarian right away, especially if it is a feral cat or kitten. Kittens are born with parasites and need shots and medication to get rid of them. Feral cats can carry diseases. This is why it is important to have them checked out immediately.
Check your cats ears frequently for ear mites. You may notice your cat shaking their head or scratching their ears a lot if they have them. They are tiny parasites that look like coffee grounds in your cat’s ears. If you have more than one cat, they can also travel from cat to cat. See a vet before using any medication on them since their ears need properly cleaned first.
Give your cats easier access to a window in order to keep your curtains from getting scratched. Putting vertical blinds up will allow the easiest access for your cat, but if you need to keep your curtains, use a lightweight rod that will fall if your cat attempts to climb the curtains. It will keep both your curtains and your cat safe.
Feed your cats proper food. Remember that cats must eat meat. Only give your cats cat food to eat. Do not feed them or let them eat dog food. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs and some of the ingredients in dog food could harm your cat. Feeding your cat dog food for food could also lead to malnourishment, among other issues.
Put your cats’ litter box where it is most acceptable to him. You shouldn’t keep it near your pet’s food, and you shouldn’t keep it in an area people walk through a lot. To help control odors place the litter box in a well ventilated area. Both you and your cat will reap its benefits.
Prevent crystals from forming in the urine of male cats with the right diet. Passing crystals is very painful for your cat, and the vet’s bill will be painful for you. Choose a cat food low in magnesium. Read the labels. Products that contain fish are normally much higher in magnesium over ones containing poultry.
A cat usually believes it is in charge of your house. If you use these tips, you can teach your cat who is really in charge of the home. The love of cats is a great one, so enjoy.