Popular poet T.S. Eliot once described cats as a creature on which a household depends, and there’s definitely some truth in his words. Well-behaved, healthy cats are great for any home. Sometimes, cats are very difficult to live with. For better advice as to how you can co-habitate with your cat, read this article.
When looking for a new cat for your home, contact a local animal shelter. Shelters have great pets available for adoption, and the fee isn’t that high. By choosing a cat from an animal shelter, you can do your part to help with overpopulation. Also, you become a lifesaver!
Cats like to get into all sorts of small spaces. A collar can become a liability if your cat is especially adventurous. The advantage to a breakaway type collar is that if enough pressure is put on it, it will just let go rather than strangle the cat. A collar like this could save your cat’s life.
If your cat is a female, be sure to get her spayed when she is old enough. Even though your cat stays indoors all the time, there might be that one time she slips through the door when she goes into heat, which results in a litter of unexpected kittens. Unless you want the hassle of getting rid of kittens, spaying is the best option for your cat.
Don’t use dog products on your cats ever. They can have very strong and possibly negative reactions to dog products. Flea products are a prime example. Dog products that are flea related can kill a cat. Your cat needs to be away from the dog after your dog has received a flea treatment.
Think about getting a microchip implanted in your cat. Even though a cat may live inside, you never know if it will run out the door to escape. Collars and tags can help get your cat home, however cats are experts at wiggling out of these, not to mention the risk they pose if they were to get snagged on a bush or tree branch. A microchip will hold the contact information to reach you and it’s only about as big as a piece of rice. Scanners to read pet microchips are available in every town and they will not come out from under the skin.
Cats can be great pets for children, but some younger children may be a bit too rough with cats. Always train your child the proper way to handle a pet. Demonstrate the proper way to pick up a cat and what they can do with the cat. Cats have weaker bones than dogs do, and must be treated accordingly.
A tablecloth should be made for your cats. Often, a cat will remove food from his bowl to eat on the side. That means you will have to tidy up the food left beside the cat bowl. Simply place a cloth placemat that will grab at the food under their plate and then shaken out over the trash. You can put a vinyl one underneath that can be picked up wiped down easily if you prefer.
Cats love to be high up. Elevate your cat so that it can scan the area. Placing a shelf or two up high will not take up too much space in your home. The cat will especially enjoy it if you put a blanket on top.
Caring for your cat is a lot of work but your cat is worth it. No matter what type of cat you have, these tips will assist you in a more positive experience with your pet. Before long, your cat will spend more time purring and less time complaining.