There is a lot that goes into owning a cat. Grooming a cat is not the same as grooming other pets, like dogs. It takes a little more time and energy to get the look that you want. Read on to find more things cat owners should know.
If you want to add a cat to your family, go to the shelter first to see what is available. There are tons of loving cats there, and the fees often cover the needed vet care. You’re literally saving their life.
Grooming is an essential part of your cat’s care. Cats require frequent brushing or combing. Brushing rids your cat’s coat of dirt and helps keep them clean. This will also cut down on shedding and can reduce issues with hairballs. Grooming a cat properly will improve the appearance of your home and cat.
Generally, cats love to stay on the counter. A cat will naturally want to be high enough to view everything around them. One way to deal with this issue could be to devote certain high spaces for your feline friend to sit in. Placing a cat tower by the kitchen can keep cats from getting on counters.
Pay attention and try to figure out what is causing your cat to meow. After living with your cat for long, it’s easier to interpret its meows. She will let you know when her demands are for food or when you need to let her out. You’ll learn her cues quickly.
Give your cat a good brushing regularly. This will spread all of their natural oils around and help their blood flow. It will also remove loose hair. This will help to eliminate hairballs, which build in your cat’s stomach and prevents it from grooming itself.
You should never punish your cat for not using the litter box. Improper box care on your part causes the mess, not the cat. Your cat will become afraid of you if you punish it or scold it too often.
Feed your cat several different kinds of food if you want to the lower the chances of them becoming finicky. If you feed them the same thing day in and day out, it will be the only thing that they are able to eat later on down the road.
Make canned food the mainstay of your cat’s diet. It sometimes has more benefits over dry. There is more water, more fat and more protein in it. It’s easier for older cats to chew as well. Speak with your veterinarian, but keep this tip in mind.
You want your cat to be wearing a collar with ID tags on a full-time basis. This applies even to indoor cats. You know how curious cats are, and any open door can mean the cat disappears. They should wear a tag with your vet’s info as well as your telephone number. This is also essential if they have specific medical needs.
Good care will keep your cat happy and healthy. It is your responsibility to make sure your cat looks (and actually is!) healthy. Your cat will be happier and healthier if you take good care of it. Read here about how to be successful in keeping your cat groomed in a healthy, productive way.