Cats are wonderful and unique pets. They are also very common household members across the world, and can be found in houses and on the busy streets of almost every major city. Caring for a cat is very rewarding. Read here for excellent ideas on how to handle your hardheaded animal.
Check with your shelter before you purchase a cat. Many shelters have more cats than they can handle and the fees associated with adoption take care of vet visits. By choosing a cat from an animal shelter, you can do your part to help with overpopulation. Also, you become a lifesaver!
If you own a female cat, you should have her spayed when she is old enough. You may keep your cat inside, but she could still slip outside and become pregnant. If you want to prevent this, spay your cat.
Think about having a microchip inserted in your cat. Even indoor cats can decide to run away at a moment’s notice, escaping through an open window. 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 very small, and you can note your name, address and phone number in there. Every shelter and most veterinarian offices have microchip scanners that can read the chips, and best of all, they chips can’t be lost.
A tablecloth for the feeding area can be quite useful. Often cats prefer moving food from a bowl onto the floor to eat. This can result in you having to clean up food outside its bowl if you don’t use a tablecloth. You can get a pet mat or use a piece of old fabric to put under it for easy cleanup.
You should think before allowing your cat to go outside. Being outside all the time is not safe for a cat. There is a chance your cat can contract fleas or perhaps something much worse. Cats can be gravely injured or killed by eating poisonous plants, flowers or chemicals, hit by a car or even harmed by neighbors who are irritated with your cat on their property. Let your cat go out in your backyard and play on your lawn.
Cats may be smart, but you can be even smarter if you take the advice in this article. Your cat will quickly learn where it is permitted to be and where it is not. While dogs might be easier to train, cats are very respectable animals that stay well-trained and well-mannered.