Cats are great examples of being powerful, mentally aware, and having great agility when compared to other animals. A new pet could be a great addition to your household but keep in mind that a cat is also a responsibility. Living indoors with cats is a different thing completely. These beautiful animals require special care.
You should make sure your cat stays groomed properly. You can regularly brush or comb your cat. If you do this frequently you’ll be able to help the cat have clean fur. It will also cut down on shedding and hairballs. In order to keep shed hair down to a minimum, plus have a beautiful cat, you must groom your cat regularly.
Take your cat in for regular vet exams. Cats need to get shots so they don’t get sick and a vet can help you make sure your cat is okay. Try to stick with one vet during the life of your pet. This way, the vet will be very familiar with your cat and its history.
If you own a female cat, make sure the cat is spade when she’s old enough. You may keep your cat inside, but she could still slip outside and become pregnant. If you want to prevent this, spay your cat.
Cats can really scratch up your home. Think about a scratching post or kitty tower if your cat’s claws become a problem. They can scratch this instead. This will take some time but will be a valuable investment.
It’s very important to get your cat microchipped. Indoor cats could run out your door or jump out the window. Tags and collars may be able to help you get your cat back, but cats can sometimes take these things off or they could get hung up on a tree or something. Microchips are very small, approximately as large as a single grain of rice. Although they are small, they can hold your entire contact information. Scanners to read pet microchips are available in every town and they will not come out from under the skin.
Don’t allow your cat become bored. They need exercise and they get it through play. The unfortunate thing is that many owners of cats don’t realize this. Bored cats can become depressed and inactive, causing harm to their well-being. Give them plenty of room to exercise and a wide selections of toys. Provide them with an indoor climbing area or scratching post.
Place a “tablecloth” under your cat’s food bowl. Often cats prefer moving food from a bowl onto the floor to eat. If this occurs, you will have a mess on your hands. Think about putting a placemat underneath the bowl or make your own tablecloth out of fabric.
If you’re having an issue with your cat, try to get some input from other cat owners. You may try to handle it yourself, but you might need input from other cat owners. Your vet is a great source of advice, or you can find forums on the Internet to connect with other cat owners.
Purchase good quality food for your cat. Carefully look over ingredients, and be sure that a quality protein source like chicken, fish, or beef is at the beginning of the list. Try omitting non-protein based foods such as corn from your regular diet. Cats are carnivores so it is important for them to get enough animal protein in their diet.
You cannot be the boss of you cat, it’s hopeless! Before you know it, they will know where they are and are not allowed. Although cats are tougher to train then dogs, they can still turn into well behaved animals that respect their owners.