Cats are pretty awesome. They are wonderful pets because they are smart, independent, and very loving. Unfortunately, caring for a cat is not always simple. You can educate yourself about helpful tips to care for your cat and keep him happy and healthy by reading this article.
Shop at your local pet shelter for your next cat. Shelters have a lot of cats in them and you can get one adopted for a small fee. Adopting a cat this way helps to save their life and cut down on unwanted animal births.
Make sure your cat is always well groomed. A cat requires regularly brushing and combing. If you do this often, their coat will stay clean. Removing excess hair also reduces shedding and can prevent hairballs. Keeping a cat well groomed basically helps keep them looking their best, along with your home.
Heated tiles are great to put under a cat bed, especially for the comfort of aging felines. A terra cotta tile about a foot square is ideal. You can warm it with a 15-20 minute stop in your oven, set to approximately 200 degrees. Wrap it up in a towel and place it under where your cat sleeps. If necessary, repeat this every few hours.
Have your cat see a vet frequently to keep good health. They need a routine check-up every year, maybe more of important shots are necessary. Don’t hesitate to take your cat to the vet immediately if you notice anything unusual about their health or if they are injured.
If you have an outdoor cat, make sure he is fitted with a tag and collar. Cats can roam far, so a tag will ensure you find them quickly when they’re lost. The tag should contain the pet’s name, your phone number and your name as well.
Spray bitter apple on electrical cords. If the cat likes to chew on cords, its best to cover them as best you can. The tube from a used-up roll of paper towels makes an excellent shield for loose cords. Any electronic item not in use should be stored away where the cat can’t get to it.
Get a microchip for your cat. Even though a cat may live inside, you never know if it will run out the door to escape. Tags and collars can help you cat return home, but cats can wiggle out of them or risk injury by snagging them on a tree branch or bush. Microchips are very small, approximately as large as a single grain of rice. Although they are small, they can hold your entire contact information. They are impossible for your pet to lose, and most vets and shelters have equipment that can read these chips.
Never let a cat become bored. Cats need to exercise and play. Sometimes, cat owners don’t realize this. Cats that are bored may develop obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, or other issues that can harm their health. Give them room to play and a large number of toys. If you have an indoor cat, offer him a variety of toys, scratching post or objects he can climb on.
Cats are truly the center of the household. Study the tips in this article very carefully. Take what you learn and apply it to your situation.