Poet T.S. Eliot once made a quote about cats. Eliot thought that cats were a core component of the household. Happy, healthy cats can make life complete. Unfortunately, some cats do not fit this “perfect” mold. This advice will make it easier to live a happy life with your cat.
Grooming is an essential part of your cat’s care. Cats must be brushed and groomed frequently. If you do this often, their coat will stay clean. It will also limit shedding and may cut down on hairballs. Grooming a cat properly will improve the appearance of your home and cat.
Make sure you keep all the recommended appointments with your cat’s veterinarian. Not only will a veterinarian give a general physical exam, he or she will also make sure they have necessary vaccinations. If you find a vet you are comfortable with, use them for the duration of your cat’s life. Your veterinarian needs to know about your pet’s history, and your cat will feel more comfortable if you always take her to the same vet.
You may want to have a microchip implanted in your cat. Even an indoor cat may find a way out of your home. Collars or tags can identify your cat, but cats can wiggle out of those, and they are also at risk of getting hung up on something. A microchip, on the other hand, is inserted near your cat’s shoulder blades, takes only a second to do, and all of your current contact info can be read through the chip. Most organizations that deal with animal care can scan your cat for microchips, and because they are implanted, they won’t get lost.
Cats love to be clean. 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. They help the hair pass through by breaking it down.
Set boundaries for your children when it comes to having a cat as a pet. Let them know which rooms and areas your cats should not be in. If you’re planning on keeping your kitty inside full time, make sure your kids know their pet shouldn’t go outdoors. Setting up rules ahead of time can help your kids understand better.
Think over whether or not you should let your cat go outdoors. Being outside all the time is not safe for a cat. They can get fleas, feline AIDS or even leukemia. They might get injured by some other animals, vehicles, or people. If you’ve just got to have the cat outdoors, limit it to an enclosed area.
Speak to others about your cat problems. Although you may feel like you don’t need help, other owners may be able to give you good advice. You can find online cat forums to ask questions, or you can speak with your vet.
Nothing about being a pet owner is simple. No matter how active or lazy your cat may be, the advice you have read will help the two of you get along better. Your cat will soon be purring in anticipation.