There are many different breeds of cats. These abandoned kittens make up nearly half of the population of domesticated felines and can become a troublesome pest if you live in urban areas. Getting to know a cat’s needs and taking great care of it can help your cat to have a fantastic life.
Cats love to play so make sure that you provide them with lots of toys. Cats enjoy batting around a fake mouse or little ball around the room. Some cats even develop a favorite toy. Playing with your cat is not only fun, it helps them to get exercise too.
It is not safe to use dog products for your feline friend. If you try to use products meant for dogs, it can make your cat sick, or even kill him. One product in particular to pay close attention to is any remedy for fleas and ticks. Flea products that are intended for a dog can kill a cat. In fact, your cat should be kept away from your dog for several hours after the dog has been treated for fleas.
If your cat is misbehaving, you can influence its behavior in a safe and humane way by using water. Fill a small squirt gun or a spray water bottle with plain water. Give your cat a few light squirts of water when you catch it misbehaving and it will soon learn to stop doing the unwanted behavior.
Make sure your cat has a collar and tag if outside. Understand that cats may travel a long distance; therefore, if it gets lost, this tag will assist you and others in finding it. You have to be sure you have your pet’s name and number written on the tag.
If you just got your cat you want to take them to the veterinarian right away, especially if it is a feral cat or kitten. Kittens are born with parasites and need shots and medication to get rid of them. Feral cats can carry diseases. This is why it is important to have them checked out immediately.
Get a scratching post to keep your cat from tearing up your carpet. If you can, get a post that does not have the same type of carpet that is on the floor of your home, so your cat doesn’t associate the two. Instead, get a post that is covered in cardboard, sisal, or thick rope.
It’s very important to get your cat microchipped. Even indoor cats may get out of your home at some point. Other measures like tags and collars are better than nothing, but your cat may wriggle out of them or they may be torn off by outdoor hazards. Microchips are tiny and contain all your contact information. Most shelters and veterinarians can scan your pet to read the information on the chip, and the chip cannot be lost since it is beneath the skin.
Now you should have no trouble helping your cat to have the best life it possibly can. Cats are very loving creatures, once you get to know them. Cats are very sensitive and you should take good care of them. When you discover the perfect cat to join your family, you had best be ready for it!