The famous poet T.S. Eliot wrote on cats. T.S. Eliot once said that households depend on cats, and there may be some truth to this. A cat is often a valuable member of the family, especially if it is healthy and happy. Unfortunately, some cats do not fit this “perfect” mold. Have a better time living with your cat through these tips.
Your cat needs to be groomed properly. Cats have to be brushed or combed on a regular basis. This helps them keep their precious coat properly clean at all times. This will also cut down on shedding and can reduce issues with hairballs. Regularly grooming keeps cats looking well and keeps your home neater.
Make sure your cat is regularly visiting the vet for checkups. Your cat should have regular well visits, as well as all the recommended vaccinations for his age. Try keeping the same vet throughout your cat’s life. Your veterinarian needs to know about your pet’s history, and your cat will feel more comfortable if you always take her to the same vet.
Prevent your cat from chewing on electrical cords by spraying bitter apple on them. Keep your cords covered if you feel like your cat is hellbent on chewing them. Tuck loose cords into old toilet paper or paper towel rolls. Electronic items with thin, tempting cords should always be put away when not in use.
Think about having a microchip inserted in your cat. Even indoor cats can decide to run away at a moment’s notice, escaping through an open window. Even if you put a collar or tag on your cat, be careful as they can wiggle out of these very easily and can be dangerous if they get caught on a foreign object like a tree branch. Your important information can all fit nicely on a rice grain sized microchip. They are impossible for your pet to lose, and most vets and shelters have equipment that can read these chips.
Keep your cat active and entertained to avoid boredom. Cats need play and exercise. Many owners just don’t have time. Cats who get bored can actually become depressed or display other undesirable behaviors. Provide them with space to exercise and lots of toys to play with. Indoor cats will be happier if you provide them with climbing resources and practical things such as scratching posts.
Your cat needs lots of affection and love. They give us love, and we need to return it to them. Without love, cats may not socialize with your family. They want to feel like a valuable, happy family member, too.
While cats can be finicky and demanding, loving and taking care of a cat can be very rewarding. If you have an active cat, or one more on the laid back side, the tips in this article can help you get along better with your pet. Use the tips you just read to make sure your cat is healthy and happy.