There are so many joys you can get from just having a cat. With great animals comes great responsibility, however, and you are obligated to take care of your pet. There are a variety of important responsibilities that all cat owners must understand. Luckily, the article below will illustrate exactly what those responsibilities are. Keep reading and learn a little something about caring for your cat.
Never have your cat declawed. Many people misunderstand declawing, thinking it is the simple removal of a cat’s nail. This is not true. In fact, the veterinarian must remove the top knuckle along with the claw during the procedure. This can result in arthritis pain later in life and many behavior problems, such as biting. There are many alternatives from scratching posts to glue-on claw caps that can protect your belongings from a cat’s claws without resorting to such a harsh surgical solution.
Cats and electrical cords don’t mix. If you notice your cat has a habit of chewing on electric cords, try to bundle them up and hide them out of the cat’s reach. If that’s not possible, spray a little bit of bitter apple onto the cords. Not only is bitter apple non-toxic, cats absolutely hate the taste.
It’s not easy convincing your pet that the kitchen counter is a no-cats zone. They love being above everything so that they can watch it all. You may be able to battle this issue by giving your cat a high place to chill. Keep your cats off the kitchen counter by placing their towers near the kitchen or even in it.
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.
Male cats can develop crystals that form in their urine, so prevent this with the right food. A cat passing the crystals can be very hurtful with an expensive vet bill to boot. Give your cat foods that are low in magnesium. Go over the label carefully. Cat food with lots of fish tends to have more magnesium, while products with lots of poultry tend to have less.
If your cat has a tendency to eat your plants, you can stop him. You can either purchase bitter apple spray and spray the pot, or you can put a bit of clove oil on a cotton ball and bury it a bit in the soil. Your cat will avoid both.
Consider adopting multiple cats, especially it will be spending a significant amount of time alone. One cat can do fine alone, however two are not much more work or expense than one, and can keep each other company and entertain each other. This will stave off boredom, especially if you work long hours.
Owning a cat can be very beneficial. But if you want a happy and healthy cat, you’ve got to care for it properly. Keep this information in mind if you want to bring a cat into your home.