Provided that you know how to properly care for them, cats make absolutely delightful pets. A little self-education can transform you into the kind of responsible cat owner that keeps their feline friends happy and affectionate over the course of a long and healthy life. The following tips will help you out.
If you want to add a cat to your family, go to the shelter first to see what is available. Shelters are filled with beautiful cats, and the fee for adoption will basically cover the needed vet care. Adopting a cat this way helps to save their life and cut down on unwanted animal births.
Grooming is an essential part of your cat’s care. You can regularly brush or comb your cat. This will keep them sterile and aesthetically pleasing. It will also cut down on shedding and hairballs. A well groomed cat, then, is a happy and healthy cat.
You must always take your cat for regular vet check-ups. Cats need yearly shots and overall health assessments. Make sure you keep the same veterinarian for your pet throughout its life. They will understand your cat and its issues better this way.
Don’t allow your cat become bored. Play and exercise are both important for cats’ well-being. Sadly, this can be easily overlooked. Cats who become bored often have issues that can affect them in a big way. Some of these issues are obesity due to eating out of boredom, OCD issues, fighting with other pets and depression. Give them enough space to exercise in, with fun toys to keep them entertained. An indoor cat needs a good scratching post.
Avoid the chance that your male cat will develop crystals in his system that will come out in his urine by feeding a high quality diet. These crystals can cause a lot of pain to your cat and could end up costing you a lot in medical expenses. Make sure your cat’s food is not high in magnesium. This means you should pay attention to labels on food. Poultry-based foods are generally lower in magnesium than fish.
If you have to travel with a cat you should remember their ears. You may be tempted to blast your favorite songs at top volume. Cats, on the other hand, would probably prefer that you didn’t. So, keep your volume down, or turn it off to give your cat a better travel experience.
Cats enjoy being high up. A cat will only be happy if you give it a safe spot to look over everything. If you’re averse to cat trees for some reason, a shelf without breakable items will work. Install a small bed for your cat or a comfortable blanket.
You may find it is helpful to talk to others about challenges you have with your cat. Although you might want to take care of things on your own, advice from other people with cats can be a big help. There are many online cat forums that you can visit and ask some questions. If necessary, you may need to call your veterinarian.
A cat can be a great pet, but you should know how to properly care for it. Good cat owners will review this piece often and take its advice to heart. With a little TLC and effort, your cat can have an amazing life.