Cats are really mysterious. They can get by on their own but still enjoy the company of humans. Their odd behaviors might be confusing, but their loving natures are a lot of fun to have around. The following advice will help you care for your pet.
A vet trip should happen for your cat yearly. Your cat requires a variety of vaccines and shots to prevent illness, and it is also important to identify health problems before they become too severe. Make sure you keep the same veterinarian for your pet throughout its life. This ensures that your vet knows your cat’s medical history.
Spay your cat as soon as she is old enough. You may keep your cat inside, but she could still slip outside and become pregnant. If your cat has been spayed, however, you won’t have to worry about this happening.
If a cat is outdoors frequently, they need a collar that has a tag. Tags can save you a lot of trouble if your cat gets lost. At least put your phone number and pets name on the tag.
Get a microchip for your cat. Indoor cats could run out your door or jump out the window. A collar with tags increases your chances of getting your cat back if it gets lost but it can also be a risk, for instance if it gets snagged in some branches. A teeny microchip can hold your contact information. Every shelter and most veterinarian offices have microchip scanners that can read the chips, and best of all, they chips can’t be lost.
Younger children can be a little rough with cats sometimes. Make sure your child knows how to treat a cat. Give them examples of how to be gentle with it and what should and should not be done. A cat’s bones are not as strong as a dogs, and they should be treated more gently.
Put a cloth down in your cat’s eating area. Cats sometimes like to eat food outside of their bowl. This can result in a mess that needs to be cleaned up. There are two ways to do this. You can either put a placemat under the food bowl or use some stray fabric that you have lying around. Either way, you can easily get rid of debris by dumping them in the garbage.
Never try to teach a cat how to work a litter box. Cats instinctively understand what to do and teaching is not required. A lot of people think that rubbing a cat’s paws in its litter box may help them, but in reality, it can be damaging to them.
Get your cat used to a carrier. Cats do not respond in the same way dogs do to punishment. They need positive reinforcement. Put a nice blanket inside the carrier then leave it where the cat is most often. Soon, your cat will naturally enter the carrier. It will then be easier to transport the cat in the carrier.
While cats make excellent pets, be prepared to be thrown off balance sometimes! Let what you have read here sink in so you can take better care of your furry friend. Owning a cat is a wonderful experience but you need to make sure that your friends is happy and healthy.