Cats are a wonderful thing to behold. These cats are abandoned and make up almost half of the whole cat population. You can learn how to deal with these cats before they cost you money.
Before acquiring a cat, be sure that you have the wherewithal to take care of all necessary vet care. Cats reproduce at an alarming rate, and spaying or neutering is essential to keeping cat population under control.
Check spay, neuter and vaccination costs and packages with local vets and clinics and be sure you can afford to give your cat proper medical care.
Protecting your cat
Protecting your cat from household chemicals is something that you may already know, but did you know that protecting them from medications is just as important? Common over the counter medicines such as ibuprofen can be toxic to your cat, even in small doses. Keep your medication safely out of the reach of your cat.
Make your own enclosed litter box from a large tote box with a lid. Use a coffee can lid as a pattern to cut a door in one side of the tote. Place the coffee can lid fairly high up on the side of the tote. Trace around it with a permanent marker. Cut out the circle with tin snips or a box cutter. Add litter. Put on the lid.
Consider getting your cat a scratching post. Scratching is something that comes extremely easy to cats; it is part of their nature. Don’t force your cat to play with it. Rather, interest him in it by spraying catnip spray on it, or by dangling a string from the top. Soon he’ll get the idea that it’s there for a reason!
Cats are pretty low maintenance pets.
Cats are pretty low maintenance pets. They do not need as much attention and one-on-one time as dogs do. Cleaning the litter box is one of the most dreaded chores in the house. Investing in a good self-cleaning litter box can help to reduce the amount of times you have to clean it out.
Set boundaries for your children when it comes to having a cat as a pet. Let your children know what rooms you will allow the cat to go into. Advise your children not to let the cat out if it is to be an indoor cat. You need to establish some clear rules for your pet and ask everyone to follow them.
Use your cat to teach your children responsibilities. A pet demands care that the whole family can participate in. Each child can take different day to feed the cat, for instance. Same thing for litterbox care. You can make a schedule and post it on the refrigerator. Then, everyone knows what they are responsible for.
Do not wait too
Do not wait too long to scoop any waste that has accumulated in a cat litter box. When left dirty for too long, bacteria can grow and it can cause health issues for you and your kitten. It is best to do this every single day so you avoid any issues.
When the cat’s
When the cat’s litter box starts to become rough and worn at the bottom, it is time to replace it. If you leave it this way, it will cause waste to accumulate in damaged areas. Your cat may be very offended by the odor and decide to use the bathroom somewhere else in the house.
Feed canned food to your cat. Dry food is cheaper, but some wet foods have more benefits. Canned foods are also richer in fat, proteins and will help hydrate your cat. Older cats find it easier to eat, too. Speak with a vet, but know that wet food is normally much better for your pet.
If you have more than one cat, you need more than one litter box. Ideally, each cat should have its own box. This prevents the box from becoming overfilled or crowded. An unappealing shared litter box sometimes causes cats to take their bathroom business elsewhere in your house. As you can imagine, this can be quite a nasty surprise!
Your cat will thrive
Your cat will thrive if allowed to say indoors. It has been proven that indoor cats have a much longer life span than cats that live outdoors. Indoor cats don’t face the diseases and other risks that outdoor cats do.
Avoid overfeeding your cat. Many health issues can arise from doing so. They can develop diabetes or heart disease, just like humans. Make sure your cat’s diet is well-balanced.
Cats can get sick in some of the same ways you can. Since cats are like family, it’s easy to tell when they’re sick. Have a vet look at your cat if you suspect this. They can determine what is wrong and figure out the proper course of care.
Some cats have aversions to certain types of litter. If you find that your cat is not using their litter box, try switching the type of cat litter that you are using. Only do this if there is a problem. Cats do not like change. The cat may stop using the litter box if you change the type of litter you use.
You should now be able to step outside of your residence and defend against stray cats invading your yard. Your cat will thank you for taking the time to read this article. Obviously, cats are living beings and you should always be considerate to the extent that is safe for you. Cats, whether feral or indoor, deserve a loving home.