A little furry ball of fluff came into your life, so what are you going to do with it? A cat is a wonderful companion for anyone, but you’ve got to know how to handle one. They aren’t dogs, after all. Here are some great tips for dealing with felines.
Create a warm bed for an outdoor or feral cat by lining a banana box with a thick layer of newspaper. Cut a piece of Mylar to fit the bottom of the box. Put another layer of newspaper on top. Add a warm blanket. Place the whole box inside a dog house or under a porch where it can’t get wet.
Put a collar on any cats which go outside. Cats sometimes travel a bit when outside, and a tag prevents any mishaps due to your cat being lost. Be sure that the pet’s name and also your home number are on the tag.
Attend cat shows for tips about your cat. A cat show only costs a few dollars to attend. But when you attend one, you see vendors selling cat items, and show pet owners that give their cats the best of everything. You can get ideas for best brands to feed your cat, as well as ideas for grooming and caring for your cat.
Give serious thought to spaying or neutering your cat. Your vet can give you the pros and cons of both, but if you plan to keep your cat for a long period of time you should consider this operation. Cat overpopulation is a real problem, and you can do your part.
Find a litter that your cat enjoys. Different litters have different smells and textures, so help your cat to find a litter that he is generally comfortable with using. Cats generally like to keep things the same though, so don’t experiment too often or your cat may avoid the litter box.
Be sure to brush or comb your cat’s fur on a regular basis. This keeps the fur well oiled and the skin healthy. It is also a good way to reduce shedding. Brushing eliminates the formation of hairballs which may choke your cat and lead to buildup of excess hair in the abdomen when the cat grooms himself.
Understand the difference between cat play and real aggression. Both activities can look the same to an untrained eye, but there are differences. When two cats are playing, they will bat each other around with claws retracted. They will ‘bite’ with their jaws loose. Real aggression will involve hisses, squeals and hard biting.
Dogs let you know when they are excited and/or happy when they wag their tails. Cats wag their tails, but definitely not for the same reason. Tail-wagging in a cat usually means a conflict or that they’re deciding to flee or pounce regarding a situation. Along the same line, if your cat wags its tail while you are holding it, you should put it down to avoid getting scratched.
Now that you’ve read this article, you have some ideas for how you can best take care of your cat. These unique creatures can enrich your life, but only when they’re happy. Your cat may never seem satisfied, but if you use the tips in this article, he may purr a few times.