If you want a wonderful pet, look no further than a cat. You can get some helpful tips by reading the following article. Here you are going to find some ideas on how to properly care for a cat so he or she can live a happy life.
Choose a high quality food. The key to a healthy cat starts with nutrition. Take a look at the ingredients label. If you look at most ‘popular’ commercial cat foods, you may be surprised to see the top ingredient listed is corn. Cats are carnivores, so look for a food with a real meat as the top ingredient. You may pay more up front, but these foods are often more nutritionally dense, meaning your cat eats less and the bag lasts longer.
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.
You should not use products designed for other animals. Cats will have a reaction that’s negative towards a product made for dogs. This is particularly true when it comes to flea treatments. Using dog flea products on your cat can kill them. Once you use flea prevention products on your dog, it should be kept separately from the cat for hours.
To keep your cat healthy and strengthen its bond with you, always set aside lots of play time. Kittens especially need lots of attention, which you can easily give to them through play. Pull a piece of string around for a fun and gentle way to keep a cat entertained for hours.
If you replace an old scratching post, your cat may be unhappy with the new one. Save money on scratching posts. Wrap your old scratching post with some sisal rope to spiff it up. Your cat will be happy not to lose its favorite old post. You will save a little cash.
Keeping your cat off of the counter can be difficult. Cats like heights and like to see everything happening around them. One way to nip this problem in the bud is to give your cat a dedicated perch of their own as an alternative to using your space. Keep your cats off the kitchen counter by placing their towers near the kitchen or even in it.
Wash your cat’s bed at least once a week to remove all of the bacteria from it. Even if the bed looks like it is clean, it will usually have toxins in it that can cause your pet to become sick. Replace the bed every six months to keep your cat in a sanitary environment.
Getting a cat is great decision. They bring great comfort to their owner. In order to make your cat’s life (and your time as a cat owner) happy and healthy, you have to be prepared to be a responsible owner. Be sure to build a healthy relationship by using the above advice.