If you feel like something is missing from your life, consider getting a cat. Cats in shelters need you. It only takes some knowledge and commitment to care for a cat. Read here about how to approach the process properly.
When looking for a new cat for your home, contact a local animal shelter. Many shelters are overcrowded with lovable and adoptable cats. By choosing a cat from an animal shelter, you can do your part to help with overpopulation. Also, you become a lifesaver!
Take your cat in for regular vet exams. Cats require special shots to prevent illness and the vet can check their overall health. Try to stay with the same veterinarian throughout your pet’s life. This helps make sure your vet knows your cat’s history.
A microchip will allow you to find your pet if it is lost. Even a house cat may end up lost outside, no matter how careful you are. 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. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. They are impossible for your pet to lose, and most vets and shelters have equipment that can read these chips.
It’s important that you don’t forget your cat and allow them to become bored too easily. They need exercise and they get it through play. Unfortunately, lots of people who own cats neglect this. Bored cats can suffer from depression, extreme compulsive disorders, and other harmful issues that can negatively impact their overall health and well-being. Make sure your cats have a wide variety of toys and plenty of room for active play. If they’re inside kitties, get them a post or something else that they can scratch and climb.
Most cats are very nocturnal. The result is that they active while you’re sleeping. Close the door to prevent the noise from getting to you. You can keep them from bothering you at night and getting your feet while you’re under covers.
Crystals form in urine from male cats. This can be prevented with good food choices. It is painful for your cat to pass these crystals and the cost to have this treated by a vet is high. Try to find a cat food that has a low level of magnesium. Check the label. You will notice that fish-based foods and products are higher in levels of magnesium than anything sourced from poultry.
When you get a kitten for kids, you have to set up a few rules first. Make sure everyone understands which parts of the house the cat is not allowed in. If your cat is going to be one that stays inside, let the kids know that it’s not allowed outside. If you make the rules ahead of time, you can be sure your kids understand them.
Adopting a needy cat is something to be proud of. Afterall, you have opened your home to a cat that needs your love and care. The bonds that you form with your cat will last a lifetime. Take good care of your cat and cherish the time you spend together.