Cats make wonderful pets. If you have never had one, you should read this article before getting one. The tips that follow regarding owning a cat are truly priceless.
If your cat is a female, it needs to be spayed when it reaches the appropriate age. You may believe that this is unnecessary if your cat stays inside all the time; however, cats almost always find a way to get outside, especially when they are in heat. When this occurs, your cat could get pregnant. Spaying your cat is the best way to prevent this from happening.
You should take your cat to the vet on a regular basis to maintain optimum health. Most vets recommend yearly check-ups. If the animal requires certain vaccinations, more visits are necessary. Cats need to be seen by a vet right away if there are injuries or health problems that don’t go away.
You might find that your cat sleeps all day and wants to be active at night. Because of this, night time is when they are most active. If your kittens are keeping you awake into the middle of the night, close the door to your bedroom. This will reduce the frequency that they wake you up.
Be sure to show your cat affection as much as possible. Cats are by nature companion animals, but that companionship goes two ways. Cats have a need to communicate with others to show they are part of the family. They probably would like to feel as though they are a wanted part of the family.
Avoid bladder crystals and stones by feeding high quality food. These are very painful and expensive to treat. Choose a cat food low in magnesium. Read the ingredient list on the label. Products that have fish in them have more magnesium usually when compared to products with poultry.
Cats love to be high up. Your cat will appreciate being on top of a cupboard, fridge or anywhere they can surrey their environment. Placing a shelf or two up high will not take up too much space in your home. Put a blanket on it so they can rest peacefully.
Speak with other cat owners about any issues you may be having. You may wish to deal with it alone, but you may need advice from other cat owners. You can also go on the Web and ask your question in a forum.
Reduce the chances of raising a finicky cat by feeding them several brands of food while they are young. If you feed them only one type of food, they may refuse to eat anything else. However, stick with the same brand, and just vary the flavors because cats can have stomach problems if you vary the food too much.
While a torn up scratching post might look unattractive, do not get rid of it. When it is in this condition, cats tend to like it the most. If you throw it away and replace it too quickly with a new one, they may shun the new one and go after your carpet and furniture.
Choosing a cat is an excellent decision. For many people, a cat’s presence helps to instill a sense of calm and comfort. However, you must know how to take proper care of your cat if you want to live in peace and harmony. Try these tips and advice, and you will enjoy many years with your cat.