Cats are creatures that love fun and can help you lose track of your time if they play games with you. However, if you decide to own a cat, you need to educate yourself on proper cat-care ideas. If you do not have a cat, you should consider adopting one. They really don’t cost a lot of money. Follow along and you should have no problem with things.
Cats love to play so make sure that you provide them with lots of toys. Cats enjoy batting around a fake mouse or little ball around the room. Some cats even develop a favorite toy. Playing with your cat is not only fun, it helps them to get exercise too.
If your cat is older or sick, a heating pad may provide comfort. Heat a fabric covered heating pad in the microwave for a couple of minutes, making sure that is not too hot to the touch. Keep this underneath your cat’s resting space for extra warmth. If possible, re-heat several times throughout the night.
Get a pet water fountain. Cats can be prone to dehydration, and running water entices them to drink. It is an evolutionary habit that developed because in the wild, running water is less likely to be contaminated than a stagnant pool. Your pet will enjoy the water more, and will drink more often.
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.
Make sure you have a good pet carrier or basket for transporting your cats from one location to the next. A proper carrier or basket should have enough room for them to turn around in comfortably. It should also be easy to clean. Make sure that it is lined with a blanket, cushion, or towel to help it stay comfortable and cozy for them when traveling.
Whenever you take your cat anywhere, use a cat carrier. No matter how gentle your cat is, it could become frightened. If this happens, it could bolt off and be quickly lost, injured or killed. At the vet’s office, your cat will be safe from unpredictable animals if you use a pet carrier.
If you going to be gone for more than a day, you should have someone look in on your cat. Leave out plenty of food, but have someone come to make sure it doesn’t run out. If you do not have a neighbor or family to look in on your cat, you can usually find a cat sitter for a few dollars each day.
There are many ways to enjoy time with your cat. Not every cat is the same, so that means you may have to pick and choose some of the tips you read to try on your cat. The more you concern yourself with the health and happiness of your cat, the longer you can enjoy each other’s company.