Popular poet T.S. Cats have been the subject of many poems and plays. A cat that is healthy and well-behaved can be great for any household. The downside to cats, however, is they can be hard to deal with. These tips will help you live comfortably with your cat.
If you want a cat to feel like it’s more comfortable, a heated tile may be able to help. You should heat a terra cotta tile with your oven, at about 200 degrees, for around fifteen minutes. Use an old towel to wrap around it, then place it beneath the cat’s blanket or bed. Change it frequently if you like.
You can keep your cat away from electrical cords by spraying them with some bitter apple. Keep your cords covered if you feel like your cat is hellbent on chewing them. Loose cords can be bundled and tucked inside old paper towel rolls. Store electronics when they are not in use rather than leaving them plugged in.
You cannot teach a cat to use a litter box. This will be something that the cat does on its own and it usually is not learned fro another. A lot of people think that they can take their cat and try to rub their cat’s paws on the litter, but this may just traumatize the cat.
Make sure that you brush your cat’s coat often. Brushing spreads natural oils throughout a cat’s fur, and also helps stimulate blood flow in their skin. It can also get rid of hair that is loose. Avoid the choking that can be a result of hairballs which slowly build up as your cat grooms himself.
Get your feline acclimated to its carrier. The same response to punishment that you would expect from a dog does not apply to a cat. Positive reinforcement is a better training tool for cats. Put a favorite blanket and toy in the carrier and leave it open somewhere the cat frequents. Soon, your cat will naturally enter the carrier. This will make it easier to mobilize your cat.
A battered appearance isn’t a good reason to discard a beloved cat condo or scratching post. This is the condition that cats most appreciate. Cats may well try scratching something else entirely (like your furniture!) if you replace their beloved toy with something unfamiliar.
If possible, always choose canned cat food. Although dry food is usually less expensive, canned food is better for your cat. It has water content, which is good for cats with bladder issues. It’s much easier for older cats to chew it as well. Speak with a vet, but know that wet food is normally much better for your pet.
Try moving your litter box somewhere else if the cat won’t use it. A cat knows that when it’s going to the bathroom it’s in a vulnerable situation, so you should make sure the box is in a calm, secure location. Some great examples of such locations are basements, laundry rooms or any other less frequently used room in your home.
When dogs are excited their tails wag from side to side. When a cat wags its tail, it’s for a completely different reason. In cats, wagging of the tail tends to indicate conflict or anxiety. Similarly, if your cats tail wags when you hold it, it’s wise to put it down at that time.
Owning a cat can be difficult, but it can also be really rewarding. Whether your cat jumps around the house or prefers to lie around sleeping all day, this tips will help you improve the relationship between you and your feline friend. Those meows will be replaced with purrs in short order.