Given the chance to do so, would you like to save the life of a cat? There are literally millions of cats who are stuck in shelters through no fault of their own, and they need a loving forever home. Keep reading to find out what you need to know about adopting and caring for a cat.
Have your cat see a vet frequently to keep good health. They need a check-up one time a year, or more if they require certain shots. If there are more pressing health problems, take your cat to the vet right away.
If you have an outdoor cat, make sure he is fitted with a tag and collar. Cats can get lost, and they need a tag to be found. At least put your phone number and pets name on the tag.
Use bitter apple on your electric cords to keep your kitty away from them. If your cat is especially intent on chewing cords, keep them covered as much as possible. Tuck loose cords into old toilet paper or paper towel rolls. Electronic items with tasty-looking, thin cords (video game controllers, phone chargers, and so on) should be stored securely when you’re not using them.
It’s very important to get your cat microchipped. Even an indoor cat could someday jump through an open window. Tags and collars can help you cat return home, but cats can wiggle out of them or risk injury by snagging them on a tree branch or bush. Microchips are extremely small, but they can hold all the same information as an identification tag. Nearly all veterinarians and shelters now have scanners capable of reading the information on these chips, and since they are under the skin, there is no chance of the chip getting lost.
Cats are often nocturnal creatures. This means their behavior is quite active during the night. If your busy kitties are keeping you up into the wee hours, try simply closing your bedroom door. Your cat will not bother you in the middle of the night if this area is off limit.
Cats are great family pets, but small children might be too rough. You need to show your children how the cat should be treated. The objective is to be as gentle as possible with your cat. Tell them that a cat’s bones need to be handled more gently than those of a dog.
Set a tablecloth under your cat’s food bowl. Certain cats prefer removing their food from their bowl and putting it on the side to eat it. This leaves food on the floor outside their bowl that must be cleaned. To make clean up a breeze, use a place mat underneath the bowl or a piece of fabric. You’ll be able to pick it up easily and shake the excess food into the trash.
Be cautious when leaving a kitten with children. Particularly if the children are younger than five, they need supervision. Small children don’t have the mental capacity to understand that certain activities are dangerous to the kitten. As a kid ages, they can show maturity with handling a little pet.
Cat owners should be proud of loving their cats so much. Afterall, you have opened your home to a cat that needs your love and care. You can look forward to many years of companionship with your cat. If you give your cat love, you will get it in return.