Cats are one of the most popular and best loved pets in the world. However, people who are unfamiliar with cats need to educate themselves on proper ways to raise a cat. Below are some great tips and tricks that every cat owner needs to know in order to live happily with their new feline friend.
A microchip for your cat is something that you should really consider. Even an indoor cat may find a way out of your home. Even if you put a collar or tag on your cat, be careful as they can wiggle out of these very easily and can be dangerous if they get caught on a foreign object like a tree branch. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. Almost every vet and shelter has a scanner these days, and they can retrieve your contact information should they find your pet.
Cats are generally nocturnal. This means that they will be the most active at night time. If your cat’s activities are keeping you awake at night, try keeping your bedroom door shut. You won’t be able to hear their sounds as they walk around in the middle of the night.
Cats frequently groom themselves. When your cat’s coat is long, it can result in hairballs. There are special foods you can give to your cat to reduce this problem. Some foods contain extra oils and nutrients, specifically designed to prevent or diminish hairball concerns.
Keep smaller children away from pets as they are typically too aggressive. Always train your child the proper way to handle a pet. Give them examples of how to be gentle with it and what should and should not be done. Cats’ bones are more fragile than those of dogs, so they need gentler treatment.
Place a “tablecloth” under your cat’s food bowl. Often, a cat will remove food from his bowl to eat on the side. This makes quite a mess. You can also use any type of mat underneath your cat’s eating apparatus to reduce the mess.
Is your home also the home of both a dog and cat? Dogs are known for eating other pet’s food. Because of this, you should make the place that your cat food is in higher up so that the dog cannot reach it. This also has the effect of stopping fights over the water before they start.
You should not get rid of your cat’s old scratching post. This is the time when your cats actually most prefer it. If you throw it away, you may find your cat scratching on other surfaces.
Choosing a cat is an excellent decision. They are good companions. However, if you and your pet are going to peacefully coexist, you need to take good care of it. Consider the advice listed above, and help to give your cat a high quality of life while you enjoy his company.