There is no end to the joys of cat ownership. It does take a lot of work to own a cat, though. Cat owners need to know of the responsibilities that come with having a feline. This article highlights some of the jobs that you will have. Keep reading for some very helpful insights you can apply today.
If you absolutely must bathe a cat, set everything up in advance. Set up two tubs large enough to dunk a cat. Fill them with comfortably warm water. Set your open bottle of cat shampoo, a heavy towel, and a secure pet carrier close by. Wear heavy rubber gloves. Grasp your cat by the scruff of the neck. Dunk, shampoo and scrub quickly in one tub. Dunk to rinse in the second tub. Wrap the cat securely in the towel and place in the carrier to dry.
Keep the litter box clean. Cats are naturally very clean animals, and a dirty litter box will have your cat looking for alternative places to relieve himself. Cats also value their privacy, so try to locate the box in an area that does not get a lot of foot traffic.
Pay attention and try to figure out what is causing your cat to meow. After a while, you’ll start to recognize what some of the noises your cats makes mean. It could be she’s hungry or needs to go outside. Look for the cues and you’ll be much more in tune with your pet.
It is important that you do not feed your cat too much food from the table. Cats do not digest human food the same way that your does. It can also lead to your cat becoming overweight. If your cat is carrying around too much weight, it will be hard for them to jump up on furniture and get around.
Have patience with your cat. Remember that your cat is not a dog, and may not be as easily trainable as one. However, if you are being clear in your commands and gently encouraging them, you’ll find that your cat responds the way you want him to. Just be patient.
If your cat begins defecating or urinating too frequently, it’s time to see the vet. Sometimes, abnormal urination habits indicate an infection of the urinary tract. Affordable antibiotics can quickly resolve the problem.
Sometime a second cat will calm a single destructive cat. This seems counter-intuitive, asking for twice the destruction, but a second cat can give them both something to do. Introduce them slowly and expect some initial squabbles. After a while, though, the cats will usually get along and the destructive behavior will subside.
Don’t use products with phenol in a house with a cat. Lysol and Pine-Sol are two examples of products that contain this chemical. The smell from this chemical is disliked by cats. Also, when exposed to phenol for too long, it can cause issues with their liver.
Owning a cat can be very beneficial. However, if you’re wishing for a good life for your pet, you need to learn to care for it well. Consider the information presented here to make the most of your relationship with your new kitty.