Cats are great pets to have around because they’re intelligent, soft and cuddly, loving, and cute as can be. You don’t even need to spend any money to enjoy playtime with them, either. And they have an uncanny ability to make you fall in love with them the first time they jump up on your lap and purr themselves to sleep. The following brief article will give you some great ideas that both you and your cat will love.
Check your local animal shelter if you have plans to get a cat. Shelters usually have many cats who need a home, and the fees typically include their shots and spaying or neutering. By adopting a cat from your local shelter, you will preserve a life and will do your part in controlling the cat population.
If you have an outdoor cat, make sure he is fitted with a tag and collar. If your cat gets lost during its time outdoors, a tag makes it much easier to locate than if it didn’t have one. But make sure you put more than just the cat’s name on the tag. Put your own name and number so if someone else finds him they’ll know who to return him to.
Generally, cats love to stay in high places, such as countertops. A cat will naturally want to be high enough to view everything around them. Making a resting place for your cat in a high place can prevent them from resting in places you don’t want them to be, such as the dinner table or kitchen countertops. If your cat won’t stay off the countertops, try putting a cat tower near the kitchen as an alternative.
Consider having your cat fitted with a microchip. Even indoor cats get out sometimes. Collars or tags can identify your cat, but cats can wiggle out of those sometimes, and they are also at risk of getting hung up on something. Microchips are tiny and contain all your contact information. The chip will never get lost because it’s placed under the skin and can easily be read by any shelter or vet.
Play time is important to the health and vitality of your cat. Unfortunately, many owners do not realize this important part of ownership. Cats who get bored too often can actually become depressed or display other undesirable behaviors. So spend time playing with your furry friend, and go through a variety of toys to find ones they like and will play with while you’re busy or away, too. If they’re an indoor cat, get them an object to climb on or a scratching post.
Do you also have a dog in your home? If you don’t but you’re thinking about buying a dog, be aware that dogs will eat cat food right up. Because of this, you should make the place that your cat food is in high up or otherwise inaccessible to the dog so there aren’t any fights over the food. They might fight over other things, but don’t let food be one of them.
Although every cat responds differently to different types of food, toys, and personal attention, you can be sure that your efforts to keep your cat happy and healthy will not go unappreciated or unnoticed. Healthy, vigorous cats tend to have longer lives.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed these tips on how to be a better cat owner. Stay tuned and check back in frequently for more tips to come!
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