Much like humans, cats need a good diet consisting of foods that will give them the proper amount of nutrients. Without such a diet, your cat can either be malnourished, or become obese. These tips can help you prevent that.
Check with your shelter before you purchase a cat. There are tons of loving cats there, and the fees often cover the needed vet care. Taking a cat home with you means that a life has been saved.
Microchip your cat. One day, your indoor cat might leave through an open door or get outside through an open window. A collar and identification tags can help bring your pet back to you. But experts point out that collars that do not snap apart quickly if your cat gets it caught on a branch or even a bush can accidentally strangle your cat. Microchips are extremely small, but they can hold all the same information as an identification tag. The chip will never be lost because it is under the skin and it can easily be read by any shelter or vet.
Crystals in the urine, an issue many male cats have, can be avoided with the proper food. These crystals can cause a lot of pain to your cat and could end up costing you a lot in medical expenses. Your cat’s food should be low in magnesium. Just as in the grocery store, take the time to read the labels. Poultry products are typically lower in magnesium than fish products.
Tell your kids what the rules are about your new kitten. Make sure your children know what rooms the cat can go into and what rooms it can’t. If you plan to raise an indoor cat, let your children know that the cat cannot go outside. This will ensure nothing bad happens.
Feed canned food to your cat. Even though the dry versions can be more cost-effective, canned cat food usually is more beneficial. Canned food gives your cat more protein and the water content helps with hydration. It’s also much softer on older teeth if your cat is getting up there in years. You should ask your vet for some recommendations if you are not sure what kind of food to get.
Take a cat who pees all over the house to the vet. Sometimes, abnormal urination habits indicate an infection of the urinary tract. Some cheap antibiotics can get rid of some dangerous illnesses.
A long-haired cat comes with a great deal of extra care. While the long hair on a cat is beautiful, it doesn’t look so beautiful all over your home. Long-haired cats can be very high maintenance over the course of the year. Additionally, consider that longer-haired cats are more likely to have issues with hairballs.
The diet a cat eats is integral to good health. Eating a poor diet can really harm a cat. Therefore, ensure you provide your cat with plenty of high-quality food so that it enjoys a long life span.