Cats are interesting and amazing animals. They are very intelligent and will definitely surprise you once you get to know the cat you adopted better. But remember that cats need proper care, and it’s not effortless. Read on to find out how to properly care for your cat.
Check with your shelter before you purchase a cat. Shelters have lots of great cats available, and your adoption fee often covers key veterinary services. A cat gets a new chance at life and the cat population stays in check with adoption.
Older cats will appreciate a heated bed; you can use a heated tile to create one! A terra cotta tile heated in your oven on about 200 degrees and for 15 minutes will do. Use an old towel to wrap it up safely before placing it beneath your cat’s favorite napping spot. This should be changed a few times a day to maximize comfort.
If your cat is female, it is very important that she be spayed when the vet feels she is old enough. Even if she spends her time indoors, it is possible for her to escape while in heat, causing an unwanted pregnancy. The best method of preventing your cat from pregnancy is to get her spayed.
If you have an outside cat, you need to give it a collar and some identification tags. Cats can travel a long way and this will help you get them back easier if they’re lost. Make sure at a minimum to put your pets name and your phone number on the tag.
Kitty claws can be quite destructive to fabric and furnishings. If you are having problems with your cat clawing up furniture, then purchase a scratching post or kitty tower. When your cat scratches inappropriately, redirect him to the scratching post. Although this may take time, your cat should eventually claw the device rather than your furniture.
It can be hard to stop your cat from coming on your counters. A cat will naturally want to be high enough to view everything around them. Provide your cat with a few high places it can uses. If you don’t want your cats to jump on your counters, you can put a cat condo in or around the kitchen.
Have your cat chipped so you can find him if he runs away. You may not have had trouble with your cat getting loose previously, but it can happen at any time by accident. Cats can get out of a collar or, worse, have that collar choke them to death. A teeny microchip can hold your contact information. Nearly every vet and shelter owns a scanner which can read a microchip, and since they’re implanted, there isn’t a risk of the chip falling out or getting lost.
The unique and intelligent cat makes a great pet if you educate yourself about how to care for it. Use these tips at your discretion. Use these tips to ensure your cat is healthy and happy.