What You Must Know If You Have Cats

It is very enjoyable owning a cat. However, as with any pet there is a lot of care involved when looking after a cat. There are a variety of important responsibilities that all cat owners must understand. Thankfully, the following paragraphs will give you the knowledge you need. Keep reading!

To help prevent tapeworm infestation in cats, feed a small amount of food grade diatomaceous earth for two weeks out of each month. About a quarter of a teaspoon per cat per day is adequate. Food grade diatomaceous earth kills internal parasites and causes them to be expelled from the system.

Get a pet water fountain. Cats can be prone to dehydration, and running water entices them to drink. It is an evolutionary habit that developed because in the wild, running water is less likely to be contaminated than a stagnant pool. Your pet will enjoy the water more, and will drink more often.

Give your new cat some space. Moving to a new home can be stressful on a cat, especially one who is no longer a kitten. To help them adjust, give them a quiet place that they can call their own, such as a spare bathroom or laundry room. This gives them a safe space they can retreat to until they have become comfortable with exploring the whole house. Depending on the cat, this process may take a few days up to a month or more.

Keep your cat healthy and non-finicky by introducing a varied diet. Always purchase several different brands of food and rotate them. In this way, your cat will be used to trying and accepting new tastes. If one food brand goes out of business, you will always have lots of other acceptable choices to offer.

If your cat tends to be antisocial and anxious with company, try giving it a catnip toy a few hours before company arrives. Many cats become very mellow when exposed to catnip. Even if your cat does not want to socialize after catnip exposure, it will probably be happier and less anxious.

If adding an additional cat to your home, give the cats a couple of weeks to get comfortable with each other. They may swat at each other or hiss; that’s nothing to be concerned about. But, eventually, they will get used to the idea, and begin to tolerate, and even enjoy, each other’s company.

If you live in an area that is populated by wild animals, such as coyote and fox, you may need to make you cat an indoor cat. Wild animals pose a real threat to cats, and to avoid the loss of a beloved pet, it is sometimes best to keep them indoors for the course of their lives.

The location of a litter box is very important. It’s sometimes tempting to put the box somewhere that you don’t have to smell or see it. The litter box needs to be placed in a spot that your cat can reach very easily. Cats can be finicky, so it is important that you give them an environment they feel comfortable in. If you have the box on a floor that is cold cement for example, put a rug or mat under it.

There are many great benefits that a cat brings to the table. But to ensure your pet stays healthy and happy, you must give it the care it needs. Use these tips to make your cat’s life complete.