One of the most fascinating creatures is a cat. Although they are extremely mystifying, they can be incredible house pets. Felines are highly independent, making them perfect for homes where you are not always in the house. Of course, they’re just as wonderful if you’re able to be with them at all times. You can ensure your cat has a rich and healthy life with the following tips.
Move any drape cords out of a cat’s reach. If the cat becomes caught in a loop, they could choke to death. This could cause injury or death. Keep your drape cords pinned out of sight to prevent this.
If you have a male cat, it is important to have him neutered before he goes into heat. When male cats start maturing, they will begin to spray around the house. It smells like ammonia and is hard to remove. Having your male cat neutered can help to prevent this from happening.
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.
In order to be sure your cat is healthy, take them to their vet regularly. A routine check-up should happen annually, and more often if necessary shots are due. If your cat is having a health issue or injury, they need to be seen by their vet right away.
To keep your cat happy and healthy, its important to schedule regular visits to the vet. Not only are regular checkups good for catching problems early, but regular visits can insure that your cat keeps up to date on its vaccinations. If you don’t know when the last time your cat had its shots, schedule an appointment for booster shots as soon as possible.
As your cat gets older, changes in behavior may signal pain. If your cat doesn’t like to jump or climb any more, it may be in pain. If your cat stops taking care of grooming or stops using its litter box, pain may be the cause. Be sure to have your older cat checked out by your vet if you notice behavior changes.
If your cat takes all the ornaments off the Christmas tree, don’t fight it. Begin collecting attractive cat toys and unbreakable ornaments to decorate the tree next year. Be sure not to decorate with potentially dangerous items like tinsel and garlands. Tinsel is a choking hazard for cats and garlands can cause strangulation.
Cats are perfect pets for houses and condos. If you want to be responsible with your animal, however, there are things you must learn. Keep the advice from this article in mind to become the best cat owner you can be. Educating yourself properly will improve the quality of the time you share with your cat for both of you.