Although cats can be great pets, they can be quite expensive to take care of. Vet bills, toys, cat litter and food add up. The following tips can help you maximize your happiness without breaking your wallet.
Take your cat to the vet regularly to make sure they remain in good health. A routine check-up should happen annually, and more often if necessary shots are due. Cats need to be seen by a vet right away if there are injuries or health problems that don’t go away.
If your cat is outdoors, it needs to have a tagged collar. Cats can travel far, and a tag will help you find the cat easier if they get lost. You have to be sure you have your pet’s name and number written on the tag.
Lessen the chances of your cat becoming harmed or killed by spraying all electric cords with something to keep them from chewing it. Bitter apple is a good choice and can be found at most pet stores. If the cat likes to chew on cords, its best to cover them as best you can. Use some paper towel rolls to tuck loose cords. The cords on electronics should be hidden as well.
You can also consider outfitting your cat with a chip so you can monitor its whereabouts. Even indoor cats get out sometimes. While a collar with a tag is useful, remember that your cat may be able to escape from the collar while they are away. Collars can also harm your cat if they get caught. A microchip is tiny, similar in size to a single rice grain and capable of holding plenty of information. Many vets and shelters have scanners that can read these chips and since they lie under their skin, they won’t get lost.
Make a tablecloth that your cat can use. Some cats like removing food from their bowl and eating it beside their bowl. This can result in you having to clean up food outside its bowl if you don’t use a tablecloth. Place a piece of fabric or a place-mat under your cat’s bowl and then simply shake it over a garbage can for quick and easy clean up.
When you buy a small kitty for your children, set the boundaries ahead of time. Make sure the children know where the cat is and is not allowed to roam. Make sure the kids know if your cat is indoors only. Clearly explaining the rules will limit future mishaps.
If you want to let your cat outside, think again. Letting your cat outside greatly increases his risk level. Your cat could get parasites, or worse. Cats can be harmed by cars, people and other animals. If the cat must go outside, set aside a small part of the backyard or front lawn as a place where they can go.
Caring for your cat is fun but it can also be a lot of work. You should care for your pet like you would care for a child. As you have learned here, there are ways you can make caring for your cat easier and more fun.