Now that you have a cat in your home, what are you going to do with him? Cats can be mysterious creatures, so you aren’t ever sure how to handle them. You might not be able to make them happy, but you can make sure that you’re taking care of them. Here are some tips to help you.
If you are planning to get a pet cat, be sure to check with your local shelter. Many shelters are overcrowded with lovable and adoptable cats. When you adopt a cat from a shelter, you save a life and help keep the cat population under control.
Regular visits to the vet will preserve your cat’s health. A yearly visit for a regular check-up is important, with more frequent visits for shots as required. When the cat seems to be acting abnormally, take it to the vet immediately.
If you just got your cat you want to take them to the veterinarian right away, especially if it is a feral cat or kitten. Kittens are born with parasites and need shots and medication to get rid of them. Feral cats can carry diseases. This is why it is important to have them checked out immediately.
Cat’s claws can really put a dent in your furniture. If you have a cat that is wreaking havoc, buy a scratching post. Put cat nip on it to attract them to it. It might take a little while, but eventually it should stop the problem.
Cats and electrical cords don’t mix. If you notice your cat has a habit of chewing on electric cords, try to bundle them up and hide them out of the cat’s reach. If that’s not possible, spray a little bit of bitter apple onto the cords. Not only is bitter apple non-toxic, cats absolutely hate the taste.
When bringing a new kitten home, take it slow. It is tempting for children to want to play with the new addition to your home immediately. But the young cat will likely be scared. Give the cat time to acclimate itself to your home and to get comfortable with everyone.
If you want a cat that is well-behaved and not prone to biting and scratching, make sure that you do not try to adopt one when it is too young. It takes 12-16 weeks for a kitten to learn proper cat behavior from their mom and all of their siblings.
When you are washing a cat litter box, it is a good idea to use basic soap and water. You may think that it would be more sanitary to use a harsh cleaner like bleach or ammonia, but all that will do is create a smell that the cat will find offensive.
Sometime a second cat will calm a single destructive cat. This seems counter-intuitive, asking for twice the destruction, but a second cat can give them both something to do. Introduce them slowly and expect some initial squabbles. After a while, though, the cats will usually get along and the destructive behavior will subside.
When your cat has kittens, it can be tempting to get rid of them as soon as possible, but you should wait a reasonable amount of time. A kitten needs to learn a few things from mom before going off into the world alone, so give him six weeks to learn all he can.
Pay attention if you cat does not use the litter box. There are a number of health issues that can lead a well-trained cat to urinate in places other than their litter box. A UTI or kidney infection may be the reason for its bathroom problems. If your cat stops going in the litter box, a call to the vet is in order.
A kitty door is a great way to allow your cat to go in and out, without any help from you. You can also use kitty doors on doors inside your home. This can be great if you have a dog or small children, to keep them out of the room with the litter box.
Your cat may be lonely if you return to work after adopting them. You can avoid both boredom and loneliness by getting another cat.
If you are a responsible pet owner, you need to keep your cat indoors. The outdoors is no place for your pet. There are lots of dangers out in the world. Your cat can be injured by wild animals, hit by a car or get infested with bugs and diseases if you let them roam free.
If you are posting an ad trying to find a new home for your cat, do not forget to include a picture of her. Many people bond with pets instantly by looking at pictures, so this will increase the speed of you finding a new place for her to live.
If you’re concerned about how far your outside cat wanders from home, think about getting it a microchip. If you think that you have a missing pet, you can look on a website to see where they ended up and that makes it easy to locate your pet.
Even if you aren’t sure how you can make your cat happy, or figure out how to make them purr, you can take care of him. The tips laid out here will help you to make sure that you’ve done everything you can to care for your cat. Happiness is more elusive.