Few pets offer the unique blend of grace, strength, independence, and affection available in the common house cat. There’s a reason so many families choose to welcome cats, and that cats are present in great numbers in virtually every human community. Learning to coexist with such animals indoors is a different story. Read here for excellent ideas on how to handle your hardheaded animal.
If you have drape cords in your home, keep them away from your cats. It is easy for the cat to get his head caught among the cords when playing with them. This could lead to a severe injury or even death. To prevent this from happening, keep any drape cords pinned away from any eyes.
If your cat is female, then ensure you spay her as soon as you can. It does not matter if you an indoor cat; if she gets out when in heat, you can end up with many kittens. Having your cat spayed is the only way to 100 percent prevent accidental litters.
If your cat is outdoors, it needs to have a tagged collar. Cats can travel a long way and this will help you get them back easier if they’re lost. Be sure the name of your cat and your number can be found on the tag.
You may want to have a microchip implanted in your cat. Even an indoor cat may find a way out of your home. Tags and collars are great, but they don’t always stay on your cat. They can also be a risk, should they get snagged on something. Your name and the best way to contact you can be encoded on the chip, which is tiny. The chip will never be lost because it is under the skin and it can easily be read by any shelter or vet.
You shouldn’t leave a young cat with children unattended. Younger children, especially under 5, cannot be left alone with your cat. Small children don’t have the mental capacity to understand that certain activities are dangerous to the kitten. As they age, you can determine how much interaction they should have with the animal.
Cats have a love affair with heights. To keep your cat happy, offer him a spot of his own up high where he can survey his kingdom. If you can’t afford a cat tree, give the cat an empty shelf of his own. You can even lay down a blanket to give your kitty some comfort.
You cannot be the boss of you cat, it’s hopeless! Before long, your cat will be behaving like an angel. Unlike with dogs, training a cat isn’t a simple matter, but most cats do end up being well-behaved in the end.