The care and companionship you provide for your cat can improve its quality of life. In some cases, it can even save a life! Cats and kittens are often found in shelters, just waiting for a loving family to adopt them. The only thing you need to do is bring one home and take good care of it, something the tips below will help you do.
Keep your cat away from your drapery cords. Cats should not be allowed to play with these cords, as they can get parts of their body stuck in the cord loops. This could seriously injure or even kill them. Pin and hide drape cords to avoid this.
Keep your cat groomed. You should comb and/or brush them on a regular basis. If you brush cats on a regular basis, it will keep their coats clean and attractive. It helps your cats shed much less too, which keeps them from spitting those hairballs up. A well groomed cat, then, is a happy and healthy cat.
Lessen the chances of your cat becoming harmed or killed by spraying all electric cords with something to keep them from chewing it. Bitter apple is a good choice and can be found at most pet stores. You can also cover your cords under a rug or tape them to walls. You can do this by bundling them and tucking them in the cardboard rolls that are used for paper towels. If you own electronic devices with thin cords, you should keep them out of your cat’s reach when you’re not using them.
Cats love to play on kitchen counters, and it can be hard to break them of the habit. Cats instinctively want to be at a high vantage point so they can survey their surroundings. One way to nip this problem in the bud is to give your cat a dedicated perch of their own as an alternative to using your space. One way to keep your cats from continuously jumping on the counter is to install a cat tower near the problem counter.
Microchips are an increasingly popular form of pet protection. Indoor cats could run out your door or jump out the window. Collars and tags can help get your cat home, however cats are experts at wiggling out of these, not to mention the risk they pose if they were to get snagged on a bush or tree branch. A microchip will hold the contact information to reach you and it’s only about as big as a piece of rice. Most shelters have a scanner that can pick up the facts located inside the chip.
Cats will often devote most of their time to grooming. When your cat’s coat is long, it can result in hairballs. There are special foods you can buy to try to help with this particular problem. Some foods are in fact formulated specifically to reduce hairballs, and that is a good idea for your cat and you too.
Cat owners should be proud of loving their cats so much. You’ve given it a safe home in which it is loved. The bond you have with your cat will last a lifetime. Take care of your pet and it will show its appreciation.