Cats are a wonderful thing to behold. It is important to learn as much as you can about these creatures to assure you have the best relationship possible. Knowing a bit about the care of cats is a useful skill to have, whether or not you intend to keep one as a pet.
Cats are curious by nature, which can end up getting them into trouble. If your cat gets caught on something wearing a traditional collar they could end up hurting their neck trying to break free. Collars designed to release when sufficient force is applied (“breakaway” collars) are a great idea. This can make the difference in whether your cat have nine lives or only a couple of them.
Older cats will appreciate a heated bed; you can use a heated tile to create one! 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 it inside a cloth and place underneath your feline’s blanket or bed. If necessary, change this out every few hours.
Never use a product on your cat that is intended for dogs. Some can be quite dangerous, and even deadly, when used on a cat. This is particularly true when it comes to flea treatments. These dog flea products can even cause feline death. After your dog receives a flea treatment, keep your cat away for at least a few hours.
If a cat is outdoors frequently, they need a collar that has a tag. Cats can go far from home and without a tag they could become lost forever. The tag should contain your name and number for contact purposes.
You can also consider outfitting your cat with a chip so you can monitor its whereabouts. Even an indoor cat could someday jump through an open window. Collars and tags can help get your cat home, however cats are experts at wiggling out of these, not to mention the risk they pose if they were to get snagged on a bush or tree branch. Microchips are minuscule, but can hold all the essential information about your cat and its hope. Almost every vet and shelter has a scanner these days, and they can retrieve your contact information should they find your pet.
You may get much better prices on medications online. In an emergency, this won’t be much help, of course. It is possible to save up to 50% on certain medications by purchasing them online.
Cats are usually great for kids, but smaller kids may be too rough with them. Tell them how to be gentle. Children need to know how to hold a cat and what sorts of play a cat likes. Tell them that a cat’s bones need to be handled more gently than those of a dog.
Now you know how to care for your cat properly. Cats can get unruly and ruin many things we love. Just remember that cats are still delicate animals in a way, and you should always handle them with some level of care. Perhaps you will fall in love with a feral cat.