A 21st Century Guide To Cat Care

Cats are often curious and temperamental. They may seem like they’re not interested in you one day and that they love you the next. They can be confusing sometimes, but there is nothing like a purring cat on your lap. Here are some great ideas to help you with your furry friend.

Watch the amount of treats that you give your cat. Like humans, cats can easily overeat junk food. This can cause them to gain weight and may lead to some health problems like heart issues and diabetes. If you do give your cat treats, give them a small amount and make it a special thing instead of a regular routine.

If your dog and cat are best friends, be sure to keep them separate after flea treatment. Your dog’s flea products are very hazardous for cats. Cats that come in contact with dog flea products often die. Be sure to use only cat products on your cat and only dog products on your dog.

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.

A tagged collar is essential if you let your cat outside regularly. Cats can go far from home and without a tag they could become lost forever. Be sure the name of your cat and your number can be found on the tag.

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 is likely that your feline friend enjoys grooming his fur. If your kitty is a long-haired breed, the result of this might be hairballs. There are special foods that can ease this issue. Some food are produced specifically for hairball reduction, which will help.

You should talk to other pet owners if you have an issue with yours. You may try to handle it yourself, but you might need input from other cat owners. Participate in online discussion boards for cat owners, or pick up the telephone and speak with your vet.

Your cat deserves a high quality food. Check out the list of ingredients of any food you are considering buying. Ensure that an animal protein source, including fish, chicken, or beef, is the main ingredient. Try avoiding foods that have non-protein elements like corn. Cats are carnivores and need animal protein to stay healthy.

Cats aren’t easy to understand, but they sure are loving. Make your cat’s life, and yours, easier by following these tips. Having cats can be a great thing for anyone, and when you care for them properly, a happy cat is a great friend.