The famous poet T.S. Eliot wrote on cats. Eliot once described cats as a creature on which a household depends, and there's definitely some truth in his words. A well-behaved, healthy kitty is a
dream to your household. The downside to cats, however, is they can be hard to deal with. Here are some things you need to know if you're going to be living with a cat.
Keep your drape cords away from your cats. These can cause your cat to choke if they get a hold of it. This may harm or kill them. Hang your drapery cords out of your cats' sight to avoid this.
If you have an old cat, you can help make its bed more comfortable by placing heated tiles underneath it. Allow a terra cotta tile to heat in an oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep
this underneath your cat's resting space for extra warmth. If necessary, you can change out the tile after a few hours to provide continued warmth.
You shouldn't ever use products designed to be used on dogs on your cat. Cats usually react negatively to items made especially for dogs. This particularly applies to flea products. Dog flea
prevention products will kill your cat. If you treat your dog for fleas, make sure you keep the cat away for several hours following the application.
If you have an outdoor kitty, make sure to invest in a break away collar with an identification tag. Cats sometimes travel a bit when outside, and a tag prevents any mishaps due to your cat being
lost. At least put your phone number and pets name on the tag.
Male cats sometimes have crystals in their urine, but this can be prevented with the right cat food. It can be painful to pass these crystals and your vet bill will be priced accordingly. To stop
this from happening, make sure your cat's food doesn't have much magnesium in it. Read the ingredient list on the label. You will notice that fish-based foods and products are higher in levels of
magnesium than anything sourced from poultry.
When your cat accompanies you on a trip, remember to consider the health of their ears. You might love blasting your favorite music while driving, but they enjoy softer sounds. Try turning down your
tunes or keeping it off to make your cat's trip better.
When you get a kitten for kids, you have to set up a few rules first. Tell your kids which rooms the cat is allowed in. If your cat is going to be one that stays inside, let the kids know that it's
not allowed outside. Creating rules and boundaries will help the children learn what is allowed.
Don't punish cats for making messes outside the litter box. Improper box care on your part causes the mess, not the cat. If the cat is punished for this, they may become afraid of being around
Understand that all cats need exercise and play time. After all, everyone likes to play. A cats energy might fade over time, but that does not mean that it no longer likes to play. Enjoy your cat
Does your home feel inundated with balls of cat fur? Cats shed frequently; therefore, you need to brush them on a regular basis. If your cat sheds often, you will need to brush him more often. This
can also stop their coats from becoming tangled up.
Do your best to keep your cat as healthy as possible and take it to the vet regularly. Your cat needs these periodic checks and particular immunizations in order to stay healthy. You love your cat,
so take the best care of him as possible.
Try moving your litter box somewhere else if the cat won't use 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. Basement areas and laundry rooms make perfect areas, as they have little traffic.
You should get a collar with your contact information and make sure your cat wears it all the time. This is also true for indoor cats. It is possible that the animal might accidentally venture out of
your home. If this happens, ensure there's a way they can find home again.
If you own a declawed cat, do not let it outdoors. The cat will have difficulty playing with other animals and may get hurt. Only indoor cats should be declawed. However, you should still only remove
the cat's front claws. Don't cut the back claws because they won't scratch up your furniture or floors.
Cats have an extremely sensitive sense of smell which makes it difficult to change anything in their environment without their knowing about it. When you offer a new feeding bowl, cat condo, or
bedding, your cat may resist. If the cat doesn't like it, don't be alarmed. Once the cat gets used to the smell of the new item, quickly he or she will get accustomed to it.
Be on the lookout for panting. Panting is a normal thing in dogs. If a cat is panting, it might indicate simple anxiety or overheating. On the other hand, it may a symptom of a more serious health
problem. Make sure you contact a vet, especially if your cat has had respiratory problems in the past.
If your feline has hairball issues, and there's been no help from brushing, try these tips out. You can try adding a teaspoon or so of pumpkin to your cat's food. Add in an extra spoonful of water if
the mixture is too thick. Find a cat food with some extra fibers or another anti-hairball ingredient to get rid of this problem.
Owning a cat can be hard at times, but it is worth it. Whether your cat is a lazy ball of fur or an active ball of hair, it needs proper care. You'll have your cat purring in no time.