Cat Got Your Tongue? Read These Tips!

 

Cat Got Your Tongue? Read These Tips!

Cats are known for great curiosity. They seem to be able to get by without you, but they tend to like to be around you at times too. They are very perplexing animals; however, it does feel nice when one is purring on your lap. These ideas can help with your cat friend.

If you want to have the love of a cat, get one from a shelter. Shelters have great pets available for adoption, and the fee isn’t that high. A cat gets a new chance at life and the cat population stays in check with adoption.

TIP! Check your local animal shelter if you have plans to get a cat. Shelters around the country are overflowing, and the cats there need more humans to help.

Regular vet checkups for your cat are very important. Your cat should receive shots regularly to prevent health issues. For the most consistent pet care, choose one veterinarian and stick with them. This one vet will be aware of the cat’s history.

Cats love to squeeze into tiny spaces. They can get caught or stuck if they happen to be wearing a collar. A breakaway collar will let go if it is pulled on too tightly. Purchasing one could be the difference between whether your cat lives or dies when he gets stuck.

If you have an outdoor cat, make sure he is fitted with a tag and collar. Cats can travel a long way and this will help you get them back easier if they’re lost. At least put your phone number and pets name on the tag.

TIP! If you’d like to make an elderly cat’s bed more comfy, stick a heated tile beneath its bed. Allow a terra cotta tile to heat in an oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Avoid letting your cat get bored. Your cat needs plenty of exercise. But many cat owners ignore that need. Cats that are frequently bored may develop OCD, depression or other harmful conditions. You need to give it new toys regularly and make sure your cat has plenty of space to run and play. Give them a cat tree to play with.

Cats appreciate all the affection you can give. They want warm companionship since that’s what they provide to you. Like people, cats like to socialize and need to feel like they’re an essential part of your life. Your cat wants to be as much a member of the family as anyone else.

Avoid bladder crystals and stones by feeding high quality food. These crystals can cause your cat pain to pass, and your vet bill can be expensive. Try to find a cat food that has a low level of magnesium. Check the ingredients list on the label. Avoid fish products.

TIP! Dog products shouldn’t be used on cats. Cats have very strong, negative reactions to products formulated for dogs.

Get your cat accustomed to a carrier. Cats never respond to punishment the way that dogs do. They like responding to encouragement better. Put a nice blanket inside the carrier then leave it where the cat is most often. Your cat will start to venture into their carrier more often, until they are completely comfortable with it. Once the cat is in the carrier, they will be so much easier to transport.

Cats need to have play in their life. It is pretty normal for all different types of species to have an inner desire to play. Though older cats don’t have as much energy, they still need some play. Playing with your cat will help you to form happy and cherished memories to look back on.

Litter Box

TIP! A cat can do a lot of damage to your furniture with its claws. Purchase a scratching post to stop your cat from destroying your home.

Make sure that the litter box placement is easy for your cat to get to. You are surely tempted to put it where the smell will affect your surroundings the least. However, if you hide it from your pet he might not try very hard to find it when he needs to go to the bathroom. Cats are quite finicky, so it is important to make their bathroom environment appealing them them or risk messes throughout the house. If your litter box location is on a cold floor, you may want to put a rug underneath of the box.

When a dog wags its tail, the reason is because it is happy for some reason. Cats wag their tails, but definitely not for the same reason. For cats, tail-wagging usually indicates some type of conflict or that he is deciding whether or not to attack or flee from a situation. If you notice you cat begin to wag his tail when you are holding him, put him down to be sure you are not scratched or swatted.

Keep an eye out on panting. Panting is completely normal in dogs. Panting could mean the cat is hot or scared, or something much worse. Be sure you get in touch with a vet, especially if your animal has had problems with breathing before.

TIP! Consider having your cat fitted with a microchip. One day, your indoor cat might leave through an open door or get outside through an open window.

Cats can be perplexing, but they can also be wonderful friends. The tips here will help you keep them that way. Healthy and happy cats that are loved by owners are good friends to live with.

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