The Cat Collection: Tips For Your New Furry Friend

Cats are an integral part of any household. Cats have been the subject of many poems and plays. A cat that is friendly and happy boosts any family. Not all cats will be like this. Here are some tips on how you and your pet can better co-exist.

For a healthier, happier cat choose plain litter over scented litter. Cats like nice, clean, clumping cat litter. Scoop your cats litter box daily and change it completely every three days or so. When you change the box, wash it out with water and dish soap. Don’t waste your money on liners as cats tend to destroy them.

If your cat takes all the ornaments off the Christmas tree, don’t fight it. Begin collecting attractive cat toys and unbreakable ornaments to decorate the tree next year. Be sure not to decorate with potentially dangerous items like tinsel and garlands. Tinsel is a choking hazard for cats and garlands can cause strangulation.

Cats are often nocturnal creatures. Thus, the bulk of their activity will occur at night. If your busy kitties are keeping you up into the wee hours, try simply closing your bedroom door. This should help them from waking you during the night, pouncing on your feet under the covers.

If you want to have your cat for many years, it is a good idea to keep them indoors. While a cat may enjoy going outside, it is statistically proven that outdoor cats live shorter lives than indoor cats. There are dangers to a cat that spends time outside, not least of all other animals.

Create a tablecloth for the feline. Sometimes cats prefer to remove food from their bowls and eat it from the floor. This can lead to a big clean-up. Something as simple as a place mat can help make cleanup easier.

While children should help with the care and responsibilities of a cat, leave the litterbox duties to the grownups or older children. A cat’s litterbox can carry diseases and parasites. Since younger children may not follow proper handwashing procedures, this job is better left to those older and more responsible.

Do not try to bathe a kitten that is less than four weeks old. It is not very easy for a young kitten to regulate the temperature of their body. This may result in the kitten getting a chill. To be on the safe side you should wait between 12 and 16 weeks after they are born to bathe them for the first time.

The chances are good that your cat will come running for their favorite treat. There are many different recipes out there specifically for homemade cat treats. This is a fun way to spoil your cat. There is also the benefit of knowing what exactly your cat is consuming, to ensure that it is healthy for them.

Owning a cat can be difficult, but it can also be really rewarding. Whether you have a cat that’s hyper or one that sleeps too much, you can use the tips above to help you take better care of your cat. In no time you’ll notice more purring and less meowing.