Cats are one of the leading choices for family pets in America. Their popularity isn’t there for no reason at all, people love to raise cats and enjoy the experience associated with owning a feline. You are probably ready for a cat yourself, but you shouldn’t rush out and adopt one without reading these tips first.
Let kittens and cat-friendly pet dogs get to know each other slowly. Put up a baby gate to keep dogs in one room while your new kitten gets used to its surroundings. Supervise carefully when the kitten ventures to the gate to meet the dogs. When the kitten feels safe, it will climb the gate. If it feels threatened, it will pop right back out to safety.
A heated tile for underneath your cat’s bed can provide real comfort. A terra cotta tile heated in your oven on about 200 degrees and for 15 minutes will do. You should wrap it with a towel and place it under the bed your cat uses. If necessary, change this out every few hours.
Make sure your cat sees a vet regularly to maintain their good health. Your cat should have a health check yearly, but should go in more if your cat needs shots. Cats need to be seen by a vet right away if there are injuries or health problems that don’t go away.
Your cat might not come running when you call, but most cats enjoy cuddling on their terms and time. Cats love to have their heads and backs pet. Not all cats like their tummies rubbed so be careful. Spending quality time with your cat will make lasting memories to look back on someday.
Cats are great pets, but their litter boxes can be unsightly and have an odor. If you can’t stand the sight of your litter box, then it is time to go shopping. There are many different styles of litter boxes on the market. Some are even disguised as fake potted plants. Not only does it look better, it controls the smell as well.
Do not attempt to teach your cat how to use the litter box. Using the litter box will come naturally to your cat. A common misconception is to rub your cats paws into the kitty litter however this isn’t a good idea.
Don’t toss your cat’s scratching post just because it’s starting to look haggard. Cats prefer used scratching posts. Your cat might not want to use the new scratching post and start ruining your furniture instead.
If you’ve just met a cat, don’t look at them in their eyes. Cats do not like being stared at by people they don’t know. That’s why they are more comfortable if you are not looking at them. They are more likely to approach you that way, and more likely to kindly regard you in the future.
This is only enough to help you get started with raising your new kittens. From here forward, you will need to seek advice from your friends, family, and other proud parents. The internet is also a great source of feline facts that come from every source and every walk of life.