Properly Care For Your Cat With This Advice

Cats are among the greatest pets a person can own. Unlike dogs, cats are incredibly independent and taking care of them is much easier. However, there are still many important things you need to be responsible for when caring for a cat. The article below will help you discover what those things are. Cats and fish are not always a match. If you feed your cat tuna fish, you could be doing more harm than good. Too much tuna fish can cause a vitamin E deficiency and make your cat sick. If you want to give your kitty fish, do it in moderation. When your cat has kittens, it can be tempting to get rid of them as soon as possible, but you should wait a reasonable amount of time. A kitten needs to learn a few things from mom before going off into the world alone, so give him six weeks to learn all he can. Don’t let a cat that’s had its claws removed go outside. The cat is defenseless against other animals, which may lead to injury or possibly death. Indoor cats are the only ones that may be declawed. Remove only the front claws. Allow your cat to retain their back claws which are less damaging to indoor surfaces. You want to be watchful regarding panting. Panting is a normal thing in dogs. Sometimes when cats are upset or too hot they pant, but there are other reasons they can pant too. Do not hesitate to contact a vet, particularly if there has been a history of respiratory problems. Many indoor cats cannot resist the allure of a houseplant. Sometimes, will be harmful to your cat. Cats may also feel inclined to use a potted plant as a second litter box. Keeping plants on ledges or shelves won’t prevent the cat from getting them. Hang your plants from the ceiling instead so that they are away from your cat for good. If you will be away from home for a few days or longer, consider hiring a cat sitter. Some people simply leave more food and water than usual, thinking this will "get the cat by" until they return. While this is true, it does not take into account the cat’s emotional needs. Loneliness and boredom can cause your pet to act out in your absence. For a healthier, happier cat choose plain litter over scented litter. Cats like nice, clean, clumping cat litter. Scoop your cats litter box daily and change it completely every three days or so. When you change the box, wash it out with water and dish soap. Don’t waste your money on liners as cats tend to destroy them. When it comes to cat litter, you should scoop out all of the waste on a daily basis. Cats will not use a litter box that is overflowing with waste, and they will start looking for somewhere else to use the bathroom. Change the entire box at least once every few weeks. Your cat may be lonely if you return to work after adopting them. One possible solution to ending your cat’s loneliness is to adopt a second cat. Only put a breakaway collar with tags on your cat. Cats can escape. If you have a cat with a tag on then it may have more of a chance to get returned to your home if it escapes. Do not be in a rush to let your kitten roam around all parts of your home. They may get lost somewhere and become very frightened. Keep all of the toys, food and litter in one area and keep them there for a while. Once they start to grow you can give them more freedom. It is unwise to acquire a cat on impulse, such as for a Christmas or birthday gift. In the initial excitement of getting a new pet, people often forget to think about the commitment that owning a cat involves. Before purchasing a cat, be sure you know how to care for it, feed it properly, and be sure you are ready to commit to keeping it for its entire life. Let kittens and cat-friendly pet dogs get to know each other slowly. Put up a baby gate to keep dogs in one room while your new kitten gets used to its surroundings. Supervise carefully when the kitten ventures to the gate to meet the dogs. When the kitten feels safe, it will climb the gate. If it feels threatened, it will pop right back out to safety. Your kittens don’t want dirty mouths either, so take a toothbrush and clean those gums everyday before breakfast. Without proper brushing, cats can catch diseases, infections, and suffer serious side effects. A few minutes daily keeps these teeth healthy, strong, and sparkling. You should ask a veterinarian how to properly brush your cat’s teeth. While there is nothing wrong with using clumping cat litter for older felines, you should stick with sandy litter when dealing with kittens. The clumping litters are usually treated with all types of chemicals that may nto be safe for smaller cats. Once they are older, you should be able to make the switch with no issue. When purchasing a tiny kitty as gift for the kids, it’s best to establish boundaries well ahead of the arrival. Let your kids know where the cat can go. Make sure the kids know if your cat is indoors only. Setting up rules ahead of time can help your kids understand better. Consider getting your cat a scratching post. Scratching is something that comes extremely easy to cats; it is part of their nature. Don’t force your cat to play with it. Rather, interest him in it by spraying catnip spray on it, or by dangling a string from the top. Soon he’ll get the idea that it’s there for a reason! This is only enough to help you get started with raising your new kittens. From here forward, you will need to seek advice from your friends, family, and other proud parents. The internet is also a great source of feline facts that come from every source and every walk of life.



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