Cats make wonderful pets, but they are expensive to take care of properly. Vet bills, toys, food, and cat litter costs can make anyone reconsider owning cats. You should keep reading to learn more about properly caring for your cat.
Part of caring for your cat is taking it to regular veterinarian checkups. Your cat should have a health check yearly, but should go in more if your cat needs shots. Cats need to see a vet right away if they have health issues, injuries or conditions that require immediate attention.
Don’t use dog products on your cats ever. Your cat will have a bad reaction to anything that has been specifically formulated for a dog. Flea products especially. Using dog flea products on your cat can kill them. Actually, it is best to separate the cat from the dog once the flea problem has been treated.
Deter cats from shocking themselves on electrical wires by spraying them with bitter apple. If that doesn’t work, cover those cords up however you can. An inexpensive way to hide electrical cords is to thread them through used paper towel rolls. Any electrical cords that are really thin (and very tempting) should really be hidden whenever possible.
Nice furniture and cat claws don’t get along very well. If your beloved feline friend is shredding and damaging parts of your home, try investing in a cat tower or a scratching post. Give them some encouragement and let them know it is okay to scratch that. Be patient, it might take some time for your cat to learn to use the post or tower.
Think about putting a microchip in your pet. Even an indoor cat may find a way out of your home. Cats can get out of a collar or, worse, have that collar choke them to death. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. Most vets and animal shelters will have a microchip scanner and because it’s under the animal’s skin it can never become lost.
Being nocturnal is quite normal for cats. The result is that cats prefer to be more active during the night. If your cats are busy keeping you awake early, just close your bedroom door. This will keep the cats away while you’re trying to sleep because they won’t be jumping all over you.
Pets can take a lot of money to care for properly, and this includes cats. There’s so much that you have to do for them that it’s almost like taking care of a child. As this article has shown, there are many things that must be done to keep your cat happy and healthy.