Pets are never as easy to handle as they seem at first. You gain many new responsibilities when you adopt a cat and it’s even harder if you don’t know what they are. This article covers those basic responsibilities and few other tips that will help your new life with your new cat more enjoyable.
Set up a nice, warm and comfortable area for your cat to rest in your home. It should be lined with a warm towel or blanket. Make sure to wash the bedding regularly since it can acquire dust, dander, and anything from outside if your cat is an outdoor cat.
Putting a warm tile beneath the bed of an older cat will help it rest comfortably. Use a 12″ terra cotta tile and heat it by putting it in a 200ºF oven for 20 minutes. Put the tile inside a towel and place it under the cat’s bedding. Change it every couple of hours if desired.
Cats are constantly grooming themselves, and this is why they rarely need a bath. If your cat gets into something particularly stinky, a bath will not hurt them. If your cat does not like water you might want to wear gloves so that you do not get scratched. You might also want to enlist the help of a friend or family member.
Deter your cat from chewing on inappropriate things by using bitter apple. Cat can sometimes chew on cords, and they should be covered to prevent this. You can take loose cords, bundle them up, and stick them inside the tube from an old roll of paper towels. Store electronics when they are not in use rather than leaving them plugged in.
Feed your cats proper food. Remember that cats must eat meat. Only give your cats cat food to eat. Do not feed them or let them eat dog food. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs and some of the ingredients in dog food could harm your cat. Feeding your cat dog food for food could also lead to malnourishment, among other issues.
Keep your cat active and entertained to avoid boredom. Cats need stimulation. Unfortunately there are too many cat owners who don’t properly exercise their cats. Cats who become bored often have issues that can affect them in a big way. Some of these issues are obesity due to eating out of boredom, OCD issues, fighting with other pets and depression. Provide your cats with the toys and space it needs. If you have an indoor cat, offer him a variety of toys, scratching post or objects he can climb on.
Keep track of your feline friend by having the animal microchipped. This small device is implanted beneath the skin between your cat’s shoulder blades. Microchip implantation may sting for a few seconds, but the implant is otherwise unnoticeable and will not cause your pet any discomfort. This chip makes it easier for animal control to locate your cat if it goes missing.
As you can clearly see, there is a lot of work to be done all of the time. This can be overwhelming for some, but for others it is the chance of a lifetime. By using these tips, you can raise your new feline in a happy, healthy home where it is loved dearly.