A lot of new cat owners are not sure about what they should expect. It is not a good idea to go into a cat adoption blind. Even with the most preparation, it can still be tough to anticipate everything a cat might do or need. However, you can plan for as much as possible by considering the useful tips that follow.
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 really are saving a life and keeping the feline population in check all in one!
Be sure your cat gets regular checkups at the vet. Cats should go to a vet at least once each year for a check up, and more frequently for required shots. Don’t hesitate to take your cat to the vet immediately if you notice anything unusual about their health or if they are injured.
Don’t use dog products on your cats ever. Cats are known to have severe negative reactions when exposed to products designed for dogs. This is particularly true when it comes to flea treatments. Flea products meant for dogs can seriously harm or kill a cat. Once you use flea prevention products on your dog, it should be kept separately from the cat for hours.
Deter your cat from chewing on inappropriate things by using bitter apple. If your cat likes to chew cords, hide the cords as best you can. You can do this by bundling them and tucking them in the cardboard rolls that are used for paper towels. All thin cords should be put up when you’re not using them.
Microchip your cat. You never know when your cat could get away from you. Other measures like tags and collars are better than nothing, but your cat may wriggle out of them or they may be torn off by outdoor hazards. You can use a microchip instead; you can store your contact information in the chip and it will not bother your cat. 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.
Keep your cat away from boredom. Every cat needs exercise time and play! Sadly, many cat owners do not understand the importance of this. Bored cats tend to develop emotional and mental disorders that may negatively impact their health. Give them enough space to exercise in, with fun toys to keep them entertained. If they’re inside kitties, get them a post or something else that they can scratch and climb.
Being nocturnal is quite normal for cats. It is likely that they will want to play while you are sleeping. If your cats are busy keeping you awake early, just close your bedroom door. This will keep them from attacking your toes.
No matter what cat you have, these tips can work to train them. They are basic ideas relating to raising small cats in all sorts of circumstances. Remember to have plenty of fun and give your cat plenty of love and attention.