Cats are really quite magical. Cats make great house pets because they are smart, loving, and independent. It takes work to be a good cat owner. Read on to learn more cat tips and to use them to make your cat healthy and happy.
Give your new cat some space. Moving to a new home can be stressful on a cat, especially one who is no longer a kitten. To help them adjust, give them a quiet place that they can call their own, such as a spare bathroom or laundry room. This gives them a safe space they can retreat to until they have become comfortable with exploring the whole house. Depending on the cat, this process may take a few days up to a month or more.
Have your cat spayed or neutered. Pet overpopulation is a growing problem, with millions of homeless cats and kittens euthanized every year. Besides the problem of too many kittens and not enough homes, unfixed cats can have a multitude of behavior problems. Males who are not neutered at a young age often start spraying to mark their territory, and females who are allowed to come into heat yowl incessantly as they try to escape to find a mate. Kittens can begin to breed as early as 4 months of age, so get your new kitten spayed or neutered as soon as possible.
Cats love to much on grass and plants such as catnip. There are plants however that are poisonous to cats. Chrysanthemums and holly are beautiful and common around the Holidays, but can be very toxic to cats. Other plants that are toxic or lethal include lilies, rhubarb and daffodils.
Take your cat to the vet periodically. A lot of cat owners tend to avoid the vet because it can be harder to get a cat ready to go anywhere she does not want to go. It is also easy to avoid the vet because cats seem so self-reliant. However, it’s smart to get your cat to the vet to avoid any problems.
Adore your cat. Cats give us a lot of love, and they deserve to be loved back. Without love, cats may not socialize with your family. Your cat wants to be as much a member of the family as anyone else.
Is your home also the home of both a dog and cat? A dog may enjoy eating your cat’s food when he has the chance to do so. Thus, you must keep cat food out of the dog’s reach. This can also prevent unnecessary arguments between your pets over the water supply, once the food has been consumed.
If your cat has to have a surgery such as being spayed or neutered, they will need rest when they come home. It is hard to keep a cat from jumping up on furniture, but necessary to avoid pulling out stitches. Designate an area in your house for your cat to recuperate where they will be less likely to injure themselves, until they are healed enough to roam free.
Cats are unique creatures that make wonderful pets in the home if you take a little time to learn how to care for them properly. Take the time to absorb the insights you have learned here. Use this information to take proper care of your cat so that it remains healthy for many years.