Have A Healthy Cat With These Suggestions

Famous poet T.S Elliot. He said households depend on cats, which is sort of true. A happy, well-behaved feline is a great addition to any home. Sometimes, cats are very difficult to live with. The following advice will help you get along better with your cat.

Groom your cat. They need to be brushed every day. If this is done frequently, your cat’s coat will be much cleaner. It helps your cats shed much less too, which keeps them from spitting those hairballs up. Regularly grooming keeps cats looking well and keeps your home neater.

Let kittens and cat-friendly pet dogs get to know each other slowly. Put up a baby gate to keep dogs in one room while your new kitten gets used to its surroundings. Supervise carefully when the kitten ventures to the gate to meet the dogs. When the kitten feels safe, it will climb the gate. If it feels threatened, it will pop right back out to safety.

When your female cat is old enough, it’s vital to get her spayed. Even if she stays inside all the time, she could get out when in heat and end up pregnant. Having your cat spayed helps to control the pet population and will save you time and trouble.

Choose a high quality food. The key to a healthy cat starts with nutrition. Take a look at the ingredients label. If you look at most “popular” commercial cat foods, you may be surprised to see the top ingredient listed is corn. Cats are carnivores, so look for a food with a real meat as the top ingredient. You may pay more up front, but these foods are often more nutritionally dense, meaning your cat eats less and the bag lasts longer.

Realize that cats do not normally pant. Dogs pant to keep cool. If a cat pants, it’s a sign of trouble. Your cat could be very anxious or in pain. Likewise, rapid breathing is a sign of pain or anxiety. Be sure to contact your vet right away if your cat starts panting.

Protecting your cat from household chemicals is something that you may already know, but did you know that protecting them from medications is just as important? Common over the counter medicines such as ibuprofen can be toxic to your cat, even in small doses. Keep your medication safely out of the reach of your cat.

Keep your cat indoors. Unlike dogs, it is nearly impossible to confine a cat to a yard. This can lead to many dangers for your cat, from cars, dogs, diseases from feral cats, and simply disappearing to parts unknown. Loose cats also be a nuisance to others, often killing songbirds and leaving unwelcome “deposits” in neighbor’s gardens. If your cat really enjoys the outdoors, they can be trained to wear a harness and leash or you can invest in a specialty cat fence or screened-in porch.

Caring for your cat is a lot of work but your cat is worth it. Whether you have a cat that has high energy or low, this advice will help you to better your relationship with your kitty. Before long, your cat will spend more time purring and less time complaining.