You have the opportunity to make an animal’s life better. There are literally millions of cats that need a good home. Taking in just one can enrich both your life and theirs.
Keep your cat groomed. Regular combing and brushing is usually all that is required. If you do this often, their coat will stay clean. It will also cut down on shedding and hairballs. Regularly grooming keeps cats looking well and keeps your home neater.
Your home likely has no small spaces a curious cat won’t want to investigate. Collars can be a safety risk if your kitty gets stuck. A collar that is a breakaway model will detach itself if it gets pulled on. A collar like this could save your cat’s life.
If your cat is a female, it needs to be spayed when it reaches the appropriate age. You may not think it’s necessary if you have an indoor cat, but your cat may escape. Spaying the feline is really the optimal way of dealing with this.
Get a microchip for your cat. Even though a cat may live inside, you never know if it will run out the door to escape. A collar and identification tags can help bring your pet back to you. But experts point out that collars that do not snap apart quickly if your cat gets it caught on a branch or even a bush can accidentally strangle your cat. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. Scanners to read pet microchips are available in every town and they will not come out from under the skin.
Male felines tend to get crystals in the urine that can be prevented with proper diet. If they have to pass the crystals it can cause the cat a lot of pain and paying a vet to help with this can cost you a lot of money. Make sure your cat’s food is not high in magnesium. Read the label on any food you choose. Poultry products will tend to have lower amounts than seafood based products.
You should think again before allowing your cat to go outside. This can compromise your cat’s safety. Your cat could get parasites, or worse. They might get injured by some other animals, vehicles, or people. Let your cat go out in your backyard and play on your lawn.
By getting your cat the shots and check-ups that it needs, you’ll be able to make sure that your cat lives as long as possible. Similar to kids, cats need shots and check-ups to prevent health problems. Your cat is wonderful addition to the family, and must be cared for in the same way that you would treat all members of your household.
Avoid using phenol-containing chemicals if you have cats. This chemical is usually in Pine-sol, Lysol, and other house cleaners. Cats hate the smell of phenol and continuously exposing them to it could cause liver problems later in their lives.
You should be proud about caring for your cat. The love you give to a cat fulfills one of its basic needs. You new little friend will be there for you for the rest of their lives. Take care of them and they’ll care for you.