There was a famed poet once that enjoyed cats. He said that cats were designed in a way that a home depends on them, and that is a true statement in a way. A cat that is healthy, well-mannered, and happy can make an excellent addition to your home. Sadly, cats can be difficult to live with sometimes. Keep reading for some valuable tips on cat care.
Before acquiring a cat, be sure that you have the wherewithal to take care of all necessary vet care. Cats reproduce at an alarming rate, and spaying or neutering is essential to keeping cat population under control. Check spay, neuter and vaccination costs and packages with local vets and clinics and be sure you can afford to give your cat proper medical care.
If you just got your cat you want to take them to the veterinarian right away, especially if it is a feral cat or kitten. Kittens are born with parasites and need shots and medication to get rid of them. Feral cats can carry diseases. This is why it is important to have them checked out immediately.
Protecting your cat from household chemicals is something that you may already know, but did you know that protecting them from medications is just as important? Common over the counter medicines such as ibuprofen can be toxic to your cat, even in small doses. Keep your medication safely out of the reach of your cat.
Cats love to much on grass and plants such as catnip. There are plants however that are poisonous to cats. Chrysanthemums and holly are beautiful and common around the Holidays, but can be very toxic to cats. Other plants that are toxic or lethal include lilies, rhubarb and daffodils.
Cats are usually more active during the night. Your cat will probably be very active during the night. If your cat’s activities are keeping you awake at night, try keeping your bedroom door shut. This will prevent them from entering your sleeping space and awakening you.
Cats love to be clean. When your cat’s coat is long, it can result in hairballs. One way to alleviate this condition in your cat is by feeding him special food. There are foods that are made to reduce the frequency of hairballs. It’s a smart move for your cat and your sanity.
Cats are pretty low maintenance pets. They do not need as much attention and one-on-one time as dogs do. Cleaning the litter box is one of the most dreaded chores in the house. Investing in a good self-cleaning litter box can help to reduce the amount of times you have to clean it out.
A cat’s nails can grow really quickly. They sharpen their nails by scratching on different surfaces like a scratching post. You can help avoid your cat destroying your furniture by clipping their nails often. This will help to discourage your cat from scratching at different things around your house.
Cat ownership can be challenging at times, but it is always rewarding. No matter what type of cat you have, these tips will assist you in a more positive experience with your pet. With any luck, you will hear more purrs and less meows.