There are some purchases that justify spending the extra dollar and what your cat eats is definitely one of them. The difference between the ‘good food’ and the ‘cheap food’ is phenomenal. Just stick with buying the natural, healthy food from the beginning and you won’t ever have to worry about a picky kitten.
Older cats will appreciate a heated bed; you can use a heated tile to create one. You should heat a terra cotta tile with your oven, at about 200 degrees, for around fifteen minutes. Then, wrap this up into a towel and place it underneath your cat’s bed. When the tile cools down, change it out for a fresh, warm one.
To keep your cat healthy and strengthen its bond with you, always set aside lots of play time. Kittens especially need lots of attention, which you can easily give to them through play. Pull a piece of string around for a fun and gentle way to keep a cat entertained for hours.
Save your furniture with scratching posts and pads. It is natural for cats to want to stretch their claws out and scratch. This does not mean that a cat owner must have damaged furniture. Provide your cat with places that it is okay to scratch and redirect them there if they decide to try out your sofa. Cat scratching posts come in many shapes and materials and some cats prefer a particular type so it may take some trial and error before you find the right combination for your kitty.
Male felines tend to have a build-up of crystals that present in the urine, so you need to avoid this with proper nutrition. Just like kidney stones, these crystals are painful and vet bills are pricey. Feed your cat food that is low in magnesium. Check the ingredients list on the label. Cat food with lots of fish tends to have more magnesium, while products with lots of poultry tend to have less.
Make sure that you brush your cat’s coat often. Brushing spreads natural oils throughout a cat’s fur, and also helps stimulate blood flow in their skin. It is also a good way to reduce shedding. This helps to stop hairballs and their associated medical problems.
Keep track of your feline friend by having the animal microchipped. This small device is implanted beneath the skin between your cat’s shoulder blades. Microchip implantation may sting for a few seconds, but the implant is otherwise unnoticeable and will not cause your pet any discomfort. This chip makes it easier for animal control to locate your cat if it goes missing.
Get your cat all the necessary vaccinations. There are a number of them and you should talk to your veterinarian about the proper schedule. Many are given at the early stages of a kitten’s development, then given annually thereafter. These vaccinations prevent such problems as feline leukemia, rabies and respiratory problems.
Cats are all unique and some cats prefer different kinds of food than others and nothing is harder to please than a picky feline. As you get to know your pet, experiment with different foods and treats until you learn what they do and don’t like to eat. You will likely find that you both enjoy some of the same foods.