Poet T.S. Eliot once made a quote about cats. Eliot described felines as a being that all households are dependent on, and that’s true. A cat that is healthy, well-mannered, and happy can make an excellent addition to your home. Having said that, living with a cat is not necessarily easy. These tips can help you and your cat exist better together.
If you want to add a cat to your family, go to the shelter first to see what is available. Shelters have lots of great cats available, and your adoption fee often covers key veterinary services. You’re literally saving their life.
Heated tiles are great to put under a cat bed, especially for the comfort of aging felines. Put a square foot of terra cotta tile into your oven heated to 200 degrees. Keep the tile in the oven for about 15 minutes. Put it inside a cloth and place underneath your feline’s blanket or bed. If possible, re-heat several times throughout the night.
Nice furniture and cat claws don’t get along very well. If your couch is starting to look like it’s been put through a shredder, it’s time to invest in a nice scratching post or cat tower. Encourage your cat to scratch where you want them to. It might take time, but eventually you will see that the damage to your furniture is diminished.
Cats are usually more active during the night. This means their behavior is quite active during the night. If your cats keep you up late at night, you should close the bedroom door. This will prevent them from entering your sleeping space and awakening you.
Be considerate of your cat’s preferences while traveling. While you may like to crank up the stereo when you go cruising, your pet probably prefers you keep the volume down. So, keep your volume down, or turn it off to give your cat a better travel experience.
Cats enjoy heights. Your cat will appreciate being on top of a cupboard, fridge or anywhere they can surrey their environment. If you don’t want a large cat tree in your home, a sturdy shelf cleared of breakables will work in a pinch. For an extra treat, place a blanket or small bed up there too.
If you’re having an issue with your cat, try to get some input from other cat owners. Although you may want to go it alone, it can be helpful to seek advice from other people that have experience owning cats. There are online cat forums that allow you to ask questions as well.
You don’t want to punish a cat if they do their business outside of their litter box. They’re doing it because the box is too dirty, or they may be sick. The cat will be fearful of you if you punish it.
Feeding your cat different types of food helps ensure they don’t get finicky. When you give the same thing day after day, it becomes boring.
If you’re adding an additional cat to your home, give the cats a few weeks to get to know each other. Two cats may fight, hiss, or hide from each other until they become more comfortable. Over time, though, they will learn to tolerate each other and eventually form a close bond.
If your cat or kitten begins to urinate frequently or in places other than his litter box, a trip to the vet may be in order. Many cats develop these behaviors in response to a health problem, such as urinary tract infections. A quick course of antibiotics can head off dangerous complications if you get your cat diagnosed and treated early enough.
If you are having problems getting the cat to use the litter box, move it. A cat knows that when it’s going to the bathroom it’s in a vulnerable situation, so you should make sure the box is in a calm, secure location. For example, your basement, laundry room or other room away from household activity should suffice.
Your cat will thank you if you avoid phenol in your cleaning products. This is something that’s often in Pine-sol, Lysol, and other popular cleaners. Your little friends find this smell completely offensive. Even worse it can cause liver damage over time.
Owning a cat can be hard at times, but it is worth it. No matter what personality your cat has, lazy or feisty, this article is sure to provide some helpful information to you. With any luck, you will hear more purrs and less meows.