Once a cat is adopted, many obstacles may present themselves to the family taking on the new pet. No one should get a pet without taking the steps to prepare. Just remember, even with proper planning, there will always be unknowns when dealing with cats. This article will help you to be a more responsive and responsible cat owner.
Watch the amount of treats that you give your cat. Like humans, cats can easily overeat junk food. This can cause them to gain weight and may lead to some health problems like heart issues and diabetes. If you do give your cat treats, give them a small amount and make it a special thing instead of a regular routine.
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.
Give your cats easier access to a window in order to keep your curtains from getting scratched. Putting vertical blinds up will allow the easiest access for your cat, but if you need to keep your curtains, use a lightweight rod that will fall if your cat attempts to climb the curtains. It will keep both your curtains and your cat safe.
A great toy for your cat is a laser pointer. Cats love to chase the laser around and try to catch it. This will help you give your cat some exercise, while your cat is having fun at the same time. It will also help to fine-tune their hunting skills.
When you move your cat from one house to another, be sure to move the cat last. Set up a quiet room with familiar items for the cat. Keep your cat in the room and quiet for a day or two. Visit and feed the cat in the room. After a couple of days, the cat can explore the rest of the house.
If your cat seems to want to avoid his food bowl, try getting a different kind of bowl. Plastic can sometimes turn a cat off if it isn’t cleaned constantly, and can hold on to certain scents. Try glass or a metal bowl for best results, so your cat will keep eating.
Do all you can to figure out what’s causing your cat to meow. Over time, you will pick up on the reasons why your cat is making this gesture. The meows may indicate hunger, happiness, or a desire to go exploring. By giving her the proper amount of attention you can better attend to her needs.
These tips should be useful whether you have a Siamese kitten or an old Bengal. Though the concepts are the same, there will inevitably be variations and a different set of circumstances for each family. Having fun with a new cat is the most vital concept.