Cats aren’t cheap to keep healthy and happy. After paying for shots, toys, cat food, litter and grooming, you may feel like reconsidering your choice to own a cat. For ideas to improve your cat’s health and happiness, read on.
Check your local animal shelter if you have plans to get a cat. There are so many great cats at shelters. The fee you will have to pay typically includes vet care. You really are saving a life and keeping the feline population in check all in one.
Play with your cat using proper cat toys. Cats love toys that help them feel like the predators that they think they are. Try sticking with toys that help them dance around or jump. This can also help them use extra energy by pouncing on toys instead of people’s feet.
Be careful when treating your cat for fleas. Be sure to consult with your vet before using natural alternatives to control your cat’s fleas. Cats are very sensitive to essential oils and many herbs. Your vet will probably recommend you use a prescription flea treatment, which is usually best for cats.
Make sure to keep chemicals and dangerous substances away from your cat. Chemicals like antifreeze have a sweet taste. This encourages the cat to drink it, most often resulting in fatal consequences. Keeping your chemicals locked up in a cabinet will help to ensure that your curious cat does not end up ingesting poison.
It’s very important to get your cat microchipped. Even an indoor cat may find a way out of your home. Even if you put a collar or tag on your cat, be careful as they can wiggle out of these very easily and can be dangerous if they get caught on a foreign object like a tree branch. Microchips are extremely small, but they can hold all the same information as an identification tag. The chip will never be lost because it is under the skin and it can easily be read by any shelter or vet.
Keep the litter box clean. Cats are naturally very clean animals, and a dirty litter box will have your cat looking for alternative places to relieve himself. Cats also value their privacy, so try to locate the box in an area that does not get a lot of foot traffic.
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.
As you can see, cats are not an exception when it comes to the necessity of spending money on on your pets. There are a lot of responsibilities that you will have. Fortunately, now that you are more informed by the knowledge presented here, you can save money and enjoy a better cat.