Most people experience some things they do not think about when they get a cat. When one adopts unprepared, bad things can happen. Just remember, even with proper planning, there will always be unknowns when dealing with cats. However, preparing yourself in advance is best, and it helps you be ready for your new pet.
Be sure your cat gets regular checkups at the vet. Your cat should have a health check yearly, but should go in more if your cat needs shots. Cats need to see a vet right away if they have health issues, injuries or conditions that require immediate attention.
Make sure you purchase medicines and treatments specifically for cats. Cats will have a reaction that’s negative towards a product made for dogs. Flea products especially. Flea products meant for dogs can seriously harm or kill a cat. Make sure to separate your cat from your dog after spraying.
Do not isolate the litter box in a distant place. Don’t put it in a busy area, and keep it away from your cat’s food. To prevent a strong stench, be sure this space is well-ventilated. Not only will your cat appreciate it but you will too.
Crystals in the urine, an issue many male cats have, can be avoided with the proper food. It is painful for your cat to pass these crystals and the cost to have this treated by a vet is high. Food with a low magnesium content will help. Be sure that you read the label. Poultry products will tend to have lower amounts than seafood based products.
Be considerate of your cat’s preferences while traveling. You and your cat probably have different ideas about the ideal volume for the car stereo, for instance: Remember that your cat’s hearing is more sensitive than yours. Therefore, try lowering your music or turning it off in order for your cat to enjoy the trip more.
If you get a cat for your kids, make sure to set clear boundaries in advance. Tell your kids which rooms the cat is allowed in. Be sure that your children understand that an indoor cat must never be allowed outdoors. This will ensure nothing bad happens.
You cat will not be likely to be a finicky eater if you vary the type of food you are feeding from time to time. By feeding the cat the same kind of food over and over again, they become used to that specific food. Good luck getting it to try something new!
Get your cat a drinking fountain. Cats normally look to drink from running water. This is true in the wild or at home. Your cat, if its like most, will really respond to this running water. Running sink water is another alternative that you can use. A fountain will allow a cat to drink naturally and is better for the environment.
These tips should be useful whether you have a Siamese kitten or an old Bengal. You have learned fundamental ideas on how to raise a happy and healthy cat; however, understand that all cats are different, and you will have to continually change your strategy. Remember to have plenty of fun and give your cat plenty of love and attention.