Many people make the mistake of not planning when they get a cat for the first time, and they run into a lot of issues. It is not a good idea to go into a cat adoption blind. Lovably unpredictable cats can still come up with ways to flummox even the most well-prepared new owner, though. You should keep reading to learn more about how you can properly care for your cat.
If you have multiple cats, save money on cat dishes by checking your local dollar store for salsa dishes. You can usually get a package of three for a dollar. These are sturdy and come in pretty colors. They look nice in your kitchen, and they are just the right size for cat food.
Put a heated tile beneath the bed of an older cat. Simply heat a single foot cotta tile at 200 degrees between 15 and 20 minutes. Wrap it tightly in a towel and place it under the cat bed. Change it frequently if you like.
If you absolutely must bathe a cat, set everything up in advance. Set up two tubs large enough to dunk a cat. Fill them with comfortably warm water. Set your open bottle of cat shampoo, a heavy towel, and a secure pet carrier close by. Wear heavy rubber gloves. Grasp your cat by the scruff of the neck. Dunk, shampoo and scrub quickly in one tub. Dunk to rinse in the second tub. Wrap the cat securely in the towel and place in the carrier to dry.
If you cat is pregnant is with babies, you can expect to have a lot of kittens on your hands. Create a comfortable place for the cat to deliver her babies somewhere in your home. Make sure the spot is big enough for the kittens to move around as they grow.
Do not flush clumpable litter in your toilet. This can lead to problems with your plumbing. Instead just lift the clumps and dispose of them in a trash bag. Don’t forget, moisture is what makes the litter clump in the first place. Avoid doing that to your pipes and just dispose of it properly.
Use short words when you want to express displeasure with your cat. A short ‘no’ will be remembered, even if not always followed. A lot of people think that cats don’t listen to anything, but short word commands are certainly understood by cats, and they will respond to those commands if you are consistent with them.
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.
These tips can work on cats of all breeds and ages. These are the fundamental concepts involved with raising a small feline, but the individual circumstances in which they apply will change from one person to the next. The best thing to do is keep having fun with your kitten.