Cats are curious creatures. They can get by on their own but still enjoy the company of humans. They can be confusing sometimes, but there is nothing like a purring cat on your lap. Read on to find out what makes them tick.
Don’t let your cat near drape cords. Do not let your cat play with these. If the cords are in loops and the cat jumps into them or plays with them, they could possibly get them caught around their neck. This accident could trap or injure your cat, or even be fatal. Make sure drapery cords are kept back to avoid this.
Cats like sneaking into small spaces. If they are wearing a collar this can pose a safety risk, in the event that your cat gets stuck. Collars designed to release when sufficient force is applied (“breakaway” collars) are a great idea. This will allow your cat to live another day if it gets tangled up.
Avoid using dog products on cats. Cats have very strong, negative reactions to products formulated for dogs. This is particularly true when it comes to flea treatments. Your cat may die if you use dog flea products on it. In truth, your cat needs to be kept a distance from any dog just flea-treated for the first few hours.
A tagged collar is essential if you let your cat outside regularly. Tags can save you a lot of trouble if your cat gets lost. The tag should contain the pet’s name, your phone number and your name as well.
Your cat’s claws can wreck havoc on your furniture. A kitty tower can really save your furniture. Teach them to scratch on it instead of your belongings. They may not take to it overnight, but they should eventually.
Consider having your cat fitted with a microchip. Even an indoor cat could someday jump through an open window. Cats can get out of a collar or, worse, have that collar choke them to death. Microchips are as small as a rice grain and have all of your important contact information. Most vets and animal shelters will have a microchip scanner and because it’s under the animal’s skin it can never become lost.
Make sure your cat is not too bored. Play and exercise are both important for cats’ well-being. Unfortunately, a lot of cat owners neglect this. Bored cats are more prone to depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as many other behavioral issues. Provide them with space to exercise and lots of toys to play with. If your cats are kept inside, set up a carpet lined scratching pad or post. There are many climbing structures that can be purchased or made for cats who enjoy heights.
Cats may be somewhat mysterious, but they are able to be loyal friends to you. Use these suggestions to make both of your lives more comfortable. Being a cat owner can be great, and if you take care of your cat properly your happy cat can be a wonderful pet.