When they take in a cat for the first time, many families run into challenges they never considered beforehand. It is a serious mistake to bring a pet home without first preparing yourself and your home. Some problems come even with total preparation. This will ensure you know all you can for a great relationship.
A cat can do a lot of damage to your furniture with its claws. If you find your cat tearing up things around your home, buy a scratching post or cat tower. Teach your cat to scratch this instead of the legs of a couch or sofa. Your cat will eventually understand they should only use the post or tower for scratching.
Keep your drapery cords out of the reach of your cat. These are not great play toys for cats. They can wrap around a cat’s neck pretty easily. This could kill them. To stop this from happening, pin your drapes and hide them out of sight.
Your cat needs lots of affection and love. Cats need companionship as much as we do. Cats need social time with the family just like people do so that they know that they are valued. They want to know they are a valuable part of the family too.
Are you the owner of both a dog and cat? Understand that dogs will usually eat cat’s food if they can. You should create a feeding space for the cat that is much too high for a dog to get to. This will ensure they don’t fight over food or water, too.
You must always take your cat for regular vet check-ups. Cats require special shots to prevent illness and the vet can check their overall health. Do your best to use the same vet for your cat’s entire life. This way, the vet will be very familiar with your cat and its history.
Be sure to brush or comb your cat’s fur on a regular basis. This keeps the fur well oiled and the skin healthy. It’ll also remove all that loose hair. This avoids the hairball problem, which may lead to choking and a buildup of hair in the stomach.
Do not throw away your cat’s scratching post because it is starting to look very old and worn. To your cat the post is just right. If you throw it away and replace it too quickly with a new one, they may shun the new one and go after your carpet and furniture.
Ensure that your cat goes to the vet often so that they are healthy. Most vets recommend yearly check-ups. If the animal requires certain vaccinations, more visits are necessary. Cats should visit the vet right away if they are having any issues.
These tips can work on cats of all breeds and ages. These are the fundamental concepts involved with raising a small feline, but the individual circumstances in which they apply will change from one person to the next. Remember to have plenty of fun and give your cat plenty of love and attention.