A cat is a wonderful companion, as long as you have the necessary skills and knowledge to care for it properly. If you have a cat, you must learn as much as you can about caring for your cat to keep it happy and healthy. This piece is full of terrific guidance.
Cats can get into even the tiniest of spaces. If your cat wears a collar they might get hurt, and stuck. Therefore, use a breakaway collar that will come undone whenever it’s being pulled very tightly. This will allow your cat to live another day if it gets tangled up.
If your cat is an outdoor cat or a cat that has a habit of getting outside, they need proper identification. The cat should have a safety collar and an ID tag. Safety collars that have elastic bands allow cats to get out of the collar if they get it caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help your cat get returned if they’re lost.
If you’d like to make an elderly cat’s bed more comfy, stick a heated tile beneath its bed. You can do this simply with a terra cotta tile measuring a square foot. Heated in your oven around 200 degrees, it can be ready in as little as 15 minutes. You should wrap it with a towel and place it under the bed your cat uses. This should be changed a few times a day to maximize comfort.
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 absolutely must bathe a cat, set everything up in advance. Set up two tubs large enough to dunk a cat. Fill them with comfortably warm water. Set your open bottle of cat shampoo, a heavy towel, and a secure pet carrier close by. Wear heavy rubber gloves. Grasp your cat by the scruff of the neck. Dunk, shampoo and scrub quickly in one tub. Dunk to rinse in the second tub. Wrap the cat securely in the towel and place in the carrier to dry.
Make sure your cat is properly hydrated. Like humans, cats need to drink lots of water. If they don’t get enough water, they can get dehydrated, develop various health problems, or die. Make sure they always have a bowl of fresh and clean water. The bowl itself also needs to be cleaned and refilled every day. You should also keep this bowl in one location.
Be very careful about allowing children to be alone with a kitten. If the child is younger than 5, don’t leave them alone with a kitten. Little children do not have the necessary skills yet to handle a pet by themselves. When children are over the age of five, then you should decide whether or not they are mature enough to handle a kitten.
Cat care starts with a good education. Good cat owners will review this piece often and take its advice to heart. As long as you put this knowledge to you, your cat will love you every day.