Cats are very pleasant and loving animals if you take good care of them. If you own a cat and want to give it a great life, you need to do your research. The following article is chock full of handy cat care advice.
If you are planning to get a pet cat, be sure to check with your local shelter. Sometimes, you may find the cat of your dreams at a shelter. Rescuing a cat can end up making a big difference in both of your lives.
Small places are spots cats love to get into. They can get caught or stuck if they happen to be wearing a collar. Collars designed to release when sufficient force is applied (“breakaway” collars) are a great idea. Purchasing one could be the difference between whether your cat lives or dies when he gets stuck.
If your kitty is a female, make sure to plan a spaying once she is of age to breed. Even if your cat is an indoor cat, if she escapes while she is in heat you might end up with a lot of kittens on your hands. Spray your cat so that this does not occur.
Be certain your cat has regular vet visits. Your cat needs to get a checkup about once every year, or more if there are issues that come up. When the cat seems to be acting abnormally, take it to the vet immediately.
Cats are nocturnal animals. This means that they will be the most active at night time. If your busy kitties are keeping you up into the wee hours, try simply closing your bedroom door. This will prevent them from entering your sleeping space and awakening you.
Male felines tend to get crystals in the urine that can be prevented with proper diet. These are very painful and expensive to treat. Let your cat have food that doesn’t have a lot of magnesium in it. Read the ingredient list on the label. Fish is often high in magnesium compared to chicken.
Think over whether or not you should let your cat go outdoors. This can compromise your cat’s safety. There is a chance your cat can contract fleas or perhaps something much worse. Your cat may be targeted by another animal, or get injured by a vehicle or another person. If you must let your cat outside, do so in a very small area of your backyard or lawn.
When something seems amiss with your feline friend, speak with other cat owners. You can often get great advice from friends and family. The Internet has many cat forums where you can ask your questions, or simply speak with your vet.
If your cat relieves itself away from its litter box, do not spring into action with punishment. The major cause of such accidents is usually because the litter box hasn’t been given the proper care. Punishing your cat may cause him to become afraid of you or their litter box.
If your cat has a scratching post that is beginning to look worn, don’t get rid of it. To your cat the post is just right. Cats may well try scratching something else entirely (like your furniture!) if you replace their beloved toy with something unfamiliar.
Cats are wonderful pets, but must be properly cared for. If you own a cat, feel free to read this piece over so you can absorb these great tips. Applying the insight learned in these tips will help to ensure that your pet has a happy life and provides wonderful companionship.