Few pets offer the unique blend of grace, strength, independence, and affection available in the common house cat. They are also very common household members across the world, and can be found in houses and on the busy streets of almost every major city. Getting along with a cat living indoors may present problems, however. These creative, smart, and agile animals can often be stubborn and need special tactics.
Check out the shelter when adopting a cat. Many shelters have more cats than they can handle and the fees associated with adoption take care of vet visits. By choosing a cat from an animal shelter, you can do your part to help with overpopulation. Also, you become a lifesaver.
Keep your cat occupied by making your own dangly toys. Using soft cotton rope, cut a length of about two feet. Tie a knot at one end. Tie another knot about three inches from the opposite end. Unravel the rope below this knot. Attach the rope to the back of a kitchen chair for your cat to play.
If you have a male cat, it is important to have him neutered before he goes into heat. When male cats start maturing, they will begin to spray around the house. It smells like ammonia and is hard to remove. Having your male cat neutered can help to prevent this from happening.
If you find you cat is harming furniture or other objects, it may be bored. Keep a few safe toys around for your cat to play with. Scratching posts can also deter your cat from scratching your furniture. Or, build a small cat house out of cardboard. Your cat will love having a place to hide, and the cardboard can also be used to scratch on.
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.
Feed your cats proper food. Remember that cats must eat meat. Only give your cats cat food to eat. Do not feed them or let them eat dog food. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs and some of the ingredients in dog food could harm your cat. Feeding your cat dog food for food could also lead to malnourishment, among other issues.
If your cat is overweight, there are two things you need to do. First, you have to adjust the amount of food you give them, and the other is that you need to get them exercising. Get them cat toys, or play with them yourself, to make sure they are getting the activity they need to slim down.
It is very difficult for you to outwit your cat. They will soon figure out what they need to avoid and where they can have a free reign. They may not be as easy to train as a dog, but cats can be trained to be well-mannered, if not always obedient.