Learn To Take Better Care Of Cats

Cats can be fun and frustrating. The following piece offers great insights into feline dietary needs, vet requirements and a number of other key issues.

Properly groom your cat. A cat requires regularly brushing and combing. This will keep your cat’s coat clean. It also reduces their shedding and hairballs. Keep your cat looking at its best by grooming it well.

TIP! If your cat is older or sick, a heating pad may provide comfort. Heat a fabric covered heating pad in the microwave for a couple of minutes, making sure that is not too hot to the touch.

If your cat is older or sick, a heating pad may provide comfort. You should heat a terra cotta tile with your oven, at about 200 degrees, for around fifteen minutes. You should wrap it with a towel and place it under the bed your cat uses. Switch towels every few hours if you need to.

Spay your female cat. It does not matter if you an indoor cat; if she gets out when in heat, you can end up with many kittens. You can prevent this by spaying or neutering your cat.

TIP! Put bitter apple on all electrical cords. Cats who love to chew need to be kept away from cords.

Spray electrical cords with some bitter apple to prevent cats from getting electrocuted. If your cat likes to chew cords, hide the cords as best you can. Loose cords can be bundled and tucked inside old paper towel rolls. Electronic items with tasty-looking, thin cords (video game controllers, phone chargers, and so on) should be stored securely when you’re not using them.

Kitty claws can be quite destructive to fabric and furnishings. If you find your cat shredding your furniture, consider purchasing a scratching post or cat tower. Use catnip or other scents that are attractive to your kitty to encourage him to go there. It doesn’t happen overnight but with some patience, you should be able to save your house from the claws.

TIP! It’s not easy convincing your pet that the kitchen counter is a no-cats zone. Cats enjoy going into high places so that they can see what’s going on around the house.

Cats spend lots of time grooming themselves. Your cat can get hairballs in the event that their hair is too long. 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.

Think about having a microchip inserted in your cat. Even an indoor cat can get the urge to run out of a door or leap through a window. Tags and collars are great, but they don’t always stay on your cat. They can also be a risk, should they get snagged on something. A microchip is tiny, similar in size to a single rice grain and capable of holding plenty of 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.

TIP! Never let a cat become bored. Cats need to exercise and play.

You will often find ways to save money on medication for your cat on the Internet instead of getting it from your vet. You can’t always get it online. The savings can amount to almost 50 percent on regularly prescribed medications.

When it comes to litter boxes, placement is everything. It should not be placed in a high traffic area, and it should be far away from the cat’s food. Allow for adequate ventilation to dispel any odors. Your cat will appreciate it and so will you.

TIP! Remember that very young children can be a bit too rough with a cat or new kitten. Teach your children how to handle a cat.

You should create a tablecloth for the cats in your home. Certain cats prefer removing their food from their bowl and putting it on the side to eat it. This leaves food on the floor outside their bowl that must be cleaned. A simpler way to do this is by getting a place-mat and placing it under their bowl. You can also cut some fabric to make a tablecloth that can be lifted, washed, or shaken over a trash can.

Don’t let your cat go outside. Being outside all the time is not safe for a cat. You cat can get fleas and contract diseases. Cars, people, or animals could hurt your beloved pet. If your cat must be an outdoor cat, limit it to your own backyard.

TIP! Are you the proud owner of both a cat and dog? Dogs won’t hesitate to eat food from your cat’s bowl. Because of this, you should make the place that your cat food is in higher up so that the dog cannot reach it.

Being a pet owner means you have to be responsible. You should use the tips you just read to become a better cat owner and make sure your cat is happy. Doing some research will make things go better in the end.

Brush your cat’s coat often. This can help spread their fur’s natural oils around and stimulate blood flow to their skin. Additionally, brushing helps to expedite hair shedding. This can reduce hairballs which can be harmful to a cat and build up in their stomachs.

TIP! Cats may make a small mess outside their litter box. Many times, this is caused by failure to properly clean or place the litter box.

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