Cats can be a handful. The following piece offers great insights into feline dietary needs, vet requirements and a number of other key issues.
Check with your shelter before you purchase a cat. Sometimes, you may find the cat of your dreams at a shelter. Adopting from a pet shelter benefits the cat population.
You can make your old cat feel better thanks to a hot tile placed under its bed. Just heat a one-foot square terra cotta tile in your oven at about 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Wrap the tile in a towel and then put it under the bed. Change it regularly if you need to.
Be sure you have a vet that your cat sees regularly so it stays healthy. A yearly visit for a regular check-up is important, with more frequent visits for shots as required. If your cat is having a health issue or injury, they need to be seen by their vet right away.
It can be tough to keep cats off the countertops. A cat will naturally want to be high enough to view everything around them. One way to deal with this issue could be to devote certain high spaces for your feline friend to sit in. The use of a cat tower within your kitchen or close by can help make the cats stay off the counter.
It is likely that your feline friend enjoys grooming his fur. If your cat is long haired, this may cause hairballs. Buy special food in order to help that problem. Certain cat foods are made just for decreasing hairballs, benefiting both your cat and yourself.
Crystals in the urine, an issue many male cats have, can be avoided with the proper food. A cat passing the crystals can be very hurtful with an expensive vet bill to boot. Your cat’s food should be low in magnesium. Consult the ingredient list. Products that contain fish are normally much higher in magnesium over ones containing poultry.
You should think before allowing your cat to go outside. It is dangerous in today’s society. Cats can attract fleas and other parasites. Cats can be harmed by cars, people and other animals. If you still insist your cat be able to go outside, then do so in the fenced backyard.
Do you own a dog and cat? That dog will really love stalking (and eating) that cat food. This is why you should have a feeding area for your cat that is too high for the dog to reach. This will also prevent squabbles between them.
You can tap fellow cat owners for advice if you’re having problems with your pet. You won’t have the knowledge to handle every cat issue properly, so take advantage of the experiences of others. You can find several cat forums online where you can ask questions, or you can choose to simply call your vet for advice too.
Though caring for a cat can seem like no big deal, there are actually a lot of things to consider, including veterinarian visits and giving them extra amounts of attention. With the suggestions provided above, you’ll be in a better position to address your feline friend’s needs and even anticipate them before they can cause problems. Everything you learn will improve the quality of your life and of your pet’s!