Cats are a wonderful thing to behold. Adopting a new kitten is a great way to help keep this population of wild animals down and you will find that a cat is a great pet to have. Feral cats are pests that can drive customers away from businesses, costing them a great deal of money.
Cats enjoy getting into spaces that are small. If they are wearing a collar this can pose a safety risk, in the event that your cat gets stuck. A breakaway style collar will literally “break away” if pulled too tight. This could save your cat’s life if the collar gets caught in some branches.
Spay your female cat. Even if she is an inside cat, you need to spay her because she could get out. Your best bet is to have your female cat spayed.
You should take your cat to the vet on a regular basis to maintain optimum health. They should have a routine check-up once a year or more if important shots are due. If your cat is having a health issue or injury, they need to be seen by their vet right away.
It’s very important to get your cat microchipped. Even cats who live completely indoors may someday decide to bolt out the door or escape out of a window. Cats can get out of a collar or, worse, have that collar choke them to death. A microchip is tiny, similar in size to a single rice grain and capable of holding plenty of information. Most vets and all shelters can scan these chips to get your contact information and there is no risk of losing the chip.
Pick a good spot for the cat’s litter box. Don’t put it where the cat can’t reach it or near their food. Make sure it’s properly ventilated to keep smell down. This will make you and your cat happy.
Male cats often develop crystals in their bladder that come out in their urine. This can be prevented with a proper diet. Just like kidney stones, these crystals are painful and vet bills are pricey. Choose foods low in magnesium for your cat. The best way to find out is to read the label. Avoid fish products.
Children usually take well to cats, but if you have a small child, you may need to provide some instruction. Guide your kids in handling a feline. The objective is to be as gentle as possible with your cat. Cats have more fragile bones than dogs so it is important to treat them with care.
You should create a tablecloth for the cats in your home. Often cats prefer moving food from a bowl onto the floor to eat. That means you will have to tidy up the food left beside the cat bowl. Simply place a cloth placemat that will grab at the food under their plate and then shaken out over the trash. You can put a vinyl one underneath that can be picked up wiped down easily if you prefer.
Be sure to brush or comb your cat’s fur on a regular basis. The act of brushing helps the coat become glossy, and it helps stimulate the skin. It is also a good way to reduce shedding. This prevents hairballs, which can cause choking, and builds up in the cat’s stomach from self grooming.
Provide your cat with high-quality cat food. Ensure that the food your cat eats is very high in protein. Avoid brands that use non-meat fillers like corn. Understand that your cat needs a lot of animal protein to stay healthy.
Take steps to take care of your cat properly so that they are healthy and not contributing to the overpopulation issue. Cats can harm other pets, damage gardens and summon other cats. Of course, cats are still sensitive animals and should be handled with care! Cats, whether feral or indoor, deserve a loving home.