If you are planning to get a pet cat, be sure to check with your local shelter. They have tons of amazing cats who desperately need a home. Taking a cat home with you means that a life has been saved.
A cat’s claws can cause lots of damage to your home. If you want to prevent or stop your cat from scratching up your furniture, the best thing to do is buy a scratching post or kitty tower for them to climb in. Encourage them to scratch that instead. Although this may take time, your cat should eventually claw the device rather than your furniture.
You can make your old cat feel better thanks to a hot tile placed under its bed. A terra cotta tile about a foot square is ideal. You can warm it with a 15-20 minute stop in your oven, set to approximately 200 degrees. Put the tile inside a towel and place it under the cat’s bedding. If necessary, you can change out the tile after a few hours to provide continued warmth.
Don’t let your cat’s days pass without stimulation and excitement! Although you may believe that cats just lie around, this isn’t the case. They need their exercise. Too frequently this need is overlooked by owners. Cats who become bored often have issues that can affect them in a big way. Some of these issues are obesity due to eating out of boredom, OCD issues, fighting with other pets and depression. Give them enough space to exercise in, with fun toys to keep them entertained. Indoor cats will appreciate having a structure they can climb on or a dedicated scratching post.
You can also consider outfitting your cat with a chip so you can monitor its whereabouts. Even cats that live their lives entirely indoors can suddenly escape out a window or door. While a collar with a tag is useful, remember that your cat may be able to escape from the collar while they are away. Collars can also harm your cat if they get caught. Your important information can all fit nicely on a rice grain sized microchip. Nearly all veterinarians and shelters now have scanners capable of reading the information on these chips, and since they are under the skin, there is no chance of the chip getting lost.
Your cat needs lots of affection and love. Your cat will enjoy your company if you pet and play with her. Like people, cats like to socialize and need to feel like they’re an essential part of your life. They wish to be a happy and valuable family member.
The litter box for your cat needs to be positioned in the right place. It shouldn’t be put in an area with high traffic and should be far from their food. To prevent a strong stench, be sure this space is well-ventilated. Your cat and you will appreciate it.
A cat may not be just like a dog, but they are a great addition to a family. Cats have similar instincts to them, but they have many benefits that dogs don’t. With so much going for them, the cat’s popularity is easy to see.