Caring for a cat is a lot of work, even though they make great pets. Litter, toys, food and vet bills all add up. The following tips can help you maximize your happiness without breaking your wallet.
If you want to add a cat to your family, go to the shelter first to see what is available. Shelters have tons of great cats and their adoption fee will generally cover necessary vet care. Adopting from a pet shelter benefits the cat population.
Set up a nice, warm and comfortable area for your cat to rest in your home. It should be lined with a warm towel or blanket. Make sure to wash the bedding regularly since it can acquire dust, dander, and anything from outside if your cat is an outdoor cat.
Cats love to play so make sure that you provide them with lots of toys. Cats enjoy batting around a fake mouse or little ball around the room. Some cats even develop a favorite toy. Playing with your cat is not only fun, it helps them to get exercise too.
Keep a clean litter box. Like you, a cat will generally not use a bathroom that is filthy. Find a quiet area out of the way that the box can stay in, and don’t move it unless absolutely necessary. Scoop solids out a couple time of day. Make sure to dump the whole box, wash it with a gentle detergent, and refill it once a week.
If your dog and cat are best friends, be sure to keep them separate after flea treatment. Your dog’s flea products are very hazardous for cats. Cats that come in contact with dog flea products often die. Be sure to use only cat products on your cat and only dog products on your dog.
If you have an outdoor cat, make sure he is fitted with a tag and collar. This can help if your cat becomes lost while wandering in the great outdoors. The tag should contain your phone number as well as your cat’s name.
A cat’s claws can cause lots of damage to your home. Think about a scratching post or kitty tower if your cat’s claws become a problem. Put cat nip on it to attract them to it. It may take some time, but will be worth the effort and expense.
A great toy for your cat is a laser pointer. Cats love to chase the laser around and try to catch it. This will help you give your cat some exercise, while your cat is having fun at the same time. It will also help to fine-tune their hunting skills.
Make your own enclosed litter box from a large tote box with a lid. Use a coffee can lid as a pattern to cut a door in one side of the tote. Place the coffee can lid fairly high up on the side of the tote. Trace around it with a permanent marker. Cut out the circle with tin snips or a box cutter. Add litter. Put on the lid.
Any pet can be a constant price tag, and cats are certainly no different. The care they need is similar to that of children. Clearly, it really is possible to economize without sacrificing your cat’s care.