If you were able to save a cat’s life, would you? Millions upon millions of cats are searching for a home. Keep reading to find out what you need to know about adopting and caring for a cat.
A tagged collar is essential if you let your cat outside regularly. If your cat gets lost during its time outdoors, a tag makes it easier to locate the animal. Be sure that the pet’s name and also your home number are on the tag.
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.
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.
Keep your cat’s litter box in the right location. A cat’s litter box should be in a quiet spot in the house, away from where your cat eats. To help control odors place the litter box in a well ventilated area. Your kitty will thank you.
If you don’t want your cat to scratch up furniture, try filling a small spray bottle with water and spritzing your cat whenever he tries. Cats generally avoid water altogether for reasons no one is sure about, so he will not like this. Eventually he will stop scratching to avoid getting sprayed.
Most cats spend a large amount of time on grooming themselves. If the cats hair is too long, this is what causes hairballs. There are special foods you can give to your cat to reduce this problem. Some cat food brands have formulations to prevent or reduce hairballs, which will make life easier for your cat and you.
You should do regular checkups of your cat between veterinarian visits. A good time to do this is when you are petting the animal. Check the entire body for things like scabs and lesions. Also look in and around the ears for any discharge, which can be a sign of ear mites. Check the cat from head to tail.
Cats have a natural instinct to hunt small prey. This can sometimes be a problem if you have other small animals in your home. Make sure that bird cages are hanging from the ceiling. If you have a gerbil or hamster, make sure their cages are secure and up high out of your cats reach.
Being a cat owner should bring you pride. You have offered to give your home and your love to your animal. As a pet owner, you can bond with your new cat in a mutually beneficial relationship. Take good care of your cat and she will be your companion for years to come.