When they take in a cat for the first time, many families run into challenges they never considered beforehand. When one adopts unprepared, bad things can happen. Even well-educated cat owners are often faced with unexpected challenges. All you can do is research as much as you can and hope for the best.
Realize that cats do not normally pant. Dogs pant to keep cool. If a cat pants, it’s a sign of trouble. Your cat could be very anxious or in pain. Likewise, rapid breathing is a sign of pain or anxiety. Be sure to contact your vet right away if your cat starts panting.
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.
Cats love to play on kitchen counters, and it can be hard to break them of the habit. Cats enjoy heights, as they can monitor events from their perch. It helps to provide your cat with certain high spaces where it is allowed. A carefully placed cat tower in the kitchen will keep cats away from the counter.
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.
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.
Your kitty’s litter box requires strategic placement. Put the litter box in a secluded area, and make sure that it is not near the cat’s food. The area should also be well ventilated so that it doesn’t smell too badly. Your kitty will thank you.
If you don’t want your cat to scratch up furniture, try filling a small spray bottle with water and spritzing your cat whenever he tries. Cats generally avoid water altogether for reasons no one is sure about, so he will not like this. Eventually he will stop scratching to avoid getting sprayed.
The excellent advice provided here is helpful for any cat regardless of its breed or age. While there may be some advice that works for all cat owners, there are many issues which will vary from cat to cat. Enjoy your new cat.