Caring for a cat is a lot of work, even though they make great pets. There are many things you will need to pay for, such as cat litter, food, toys and trips to the vet. The following are a few tips that should help you to find more enjoyable, less expensive ways to care for your cat.
You should be bringing your cat to their vet for a check-up regularly. Not only will a veterinarian give a general physical exam, he or she will also make sure they have necessary vaccinations. Your cat will be more comfortable if you continue using the same vet. This ensures that your vet will have an excellent understanding of your pet’s medical history.
Keep your older cat comfortable by placing a heated tile underneath its bed. Use a 12″ terra cotta tile and heat it by putting it in a 200ÂºF oven for 20 minutes. Wrap this in a towel that’s old and then place it under the bed the cat sleeps on. Change every few hours if you like.
In order to be sure your cat is healthy, take them to their vet regularly. Most vets recommend yearly check-ups. If the animal requires certain vaccinations, more visits are necessary. If you notice that your cat appears to be experiencing some sort of illness or injury, do not delay a trip to the vet.
It’s important that you don’t forget your cat and allow them to become bored too easily. Cats require physical activity. Unfortunately there are too many cat owners who don’t properly exercise their cats. 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. If your cats are kept inside, set up a carpet lined scratching pad or post. There are many climbing structures that can be purchased or made for cats who enjoy heights.
Try to figure out the cause if you find your cat meowing excessively. As you develop a relationship with your cat over time, it will become easier to determine why she is meowing. It may be a sign your cat needs food, or needs to be let outdoors. By listening to your cat, it will be easier to know what they want.
Try not to let your cat go outside. Cats come to harm outside every day. Your cat could get parasites, or worse. It could be injured via a vehicle or another animal. If the cat must go outside, set aside a small part of the backyard or front lawn as a place where they can go.
Feed your cat several different kinds of food if you want to the lower the chances of them becoming finicky. If they only eat the same food, they may never eat another food in the future.
You need to carefully consider where you put the litter box for your cat. You are surely tempted to put it where the smell will affect your surroundings the least. However, if you hide it from your pet he might not try very hard to find it when he needs to go to the bathroom. To satisfy a cat’s demanding requirements, the litter box needs to be sited somewhere convenient and comfortable. If you have the box on a floor that is cold cement for example, put a rug or mat under it.
Your cat’s choice to potty outside the litter box could signal something more worrisome than misbehavior. When cats are suffering from something, they may end up going to the restroom randomly outside of their box. Issues like a kidney infection are often behind such behaviors. Call the vet if your cat refuses to use the litter box.
Cats are one of many pets that are pricy to care for. Cats generally need a lot of care which can be considered similar to caring for a child. As you have learned here, there are ways you can make caring for your cat easier and more fun.