The poet T.S. They bring warmth and a sense of happiness to the house. Make sure that your cat is healthy so that it can stay energetic. Sometimes, cats are very difficult to live with. Here are some things you need to know if you’re going to be living with a cat.
Create a warm bed for an outdoor or feral cat by lining a banana box with a thick layer of newspaper. Cut a piece of Mylar to fit the bottom of the box. Put another layer of newspaper on top. Add a warm blanket. Place the whole box inside a dog house or under a porch where it can’t get wet.
Cats are constantly grooming themselves, and this is why they rarely need a bath. If your cat gets into something particularly stinky, a bath will not hurt them. If your cat does not like water you might want to wear gloves so that you do not get scratched. You might also want to enlist the help of a friend or family member.
Protect your cat from strangling by making sure the cords of curtains and blinds are secured and out of reach. When you make or purchase a dangly toy for your cat, be sure to supervise during play. Put the toy away if you will not be around to watch.
Do not assume that because a medication is okay for you to take, that it is safe for your cat as well. Many medications made for humans are lethal to cats, such as acetaminophen containing drugs and aspirin. Always check with your veterinarian before you give your cat anything.
Feed your cat a proper diet. Cats are carnivores and have specific dietary needs. Feed them quality cat food that has been approved by AAFCO or the Association of American Feed Control Officials. If you wish to make your cat’s food yourself, make sure you speak with a vet about necessary supplements or specific recipes that your cat needs to eat.
A proper diet for male cats will help prevent kidney problems that cause them to pass crystals with their urine. Passing crystals is very painful for your cat, and the vet’s bill will be painful for you. Feed your cat food that is low in magnesium. Check the ingredients list on the label. Fish is often high in magnesium compared to chicken.
There are a lot of cats that are overweight. An obese cat can end up developing health problems such as arthritis or diabetes. If your cat could stand to lose a pound or two, try cutting back their food a little bit at each feeding. You can also buy some toys and encourage your cat to play and exercise.
Caring for your cat is a lot of work but your cat is worth it. From a cat that knocks dishes off shelves or one who likes to pee on the couch, there are solutions for all of your problems. You’ll have your cat purring in no time.