A cat is a great pet for anyone to own. Those new to cat ownership or just interested in cat care should read the following tips. Keep reading to deepen your knowledge about cats.
Move any drape cords out of a cat’s reach. These can cause your cat to choke if they get a hold of it. This may seriously injure or kill your cat. Pin the cords of your drapes up where your cat can’t get to them.
Local rescue organizations are a great place to look for a new pet cat. There are tons of loving cats there, and the fees often cover the needed vet care. Adopting from a pet shelter benefits the cat population.
You should be bringing your cat to their vet for a check-up regularly. Your cat should receive shots regularly to prevent health issues. Try to stay with the same veterinarian throughout your pet’s life. This also allows the vet to become more familiar with your cat’s unique health needs and personality.
Older cats will appreciate a heated bed; you can use a heated tile to create one! Allow a terra cotta tile to heat in an oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Put it inside an old towel, then place it beneath the cat’s bed. This should be changed a few times a day to maximize comfort.
If you have an outside cat, you need to give it a collar and some identification tags. Cats love to roam, so you need to give someone who finds your cat a way to contact you. At least put your phone number and pets name on the tag.
Spritz a little bitter apple on electrical cords to protect your cats. If your cat happens to be a champion cord-chewer, you’ll need to use cord covers to protect your cords. If you have loose electrical cords, you can bundle them up and stow them away in a cardboard tube (think toilet paper or paper towel rolls). If you have electrical cords laying out that are not being used, put them away as cats can play with them and then move on to live electrical cords.
Think about putting a microchip in your pet. Even indoor cats get out sometimes. Tags and collars are great, but they don’t always stay on your cat. They can also be a risk, should they get snagged on something. You can use a microchip instead; you can store your contact information in the chip and it will not bother your cat. Every shelter and most veterinarian offices have microchip scanners that can read the chips, and best of all, they chips can’t be lost.
Deciding to get a cat is a great choice. They can help you to unwind and can bring you a great deal of comfort. However, caring for them properly is vital to their long term life and happiness. Be sure to use the advice above so that you and your cat can coexist for years and years.