Cats are a wonderful thing to behold. When you give one a home, you change it’s life forever. Getting to know a cat’s needs and taking great care of it can help your cat to have a fantastic life.
Watch the amount of treats that you give your cat. Like humans, cats can easily overeat junk food. This can cause them to gain weight and may lead to some health problems like heart issues and diabetes. If you do give your cat treats, give them a small amount and make it a special thing instead of a regular routine.
Cats love to play so make sure that you provide them with lots of toys. Cats enjoy batting around a fake mouse or little ball around the room. Some cats even develop a favorite toy. Playing with your cat is not only fun, it helps them to get exercise too.
An inexpensive rubber welcome mat helps keep cat food off your floor. This is also a great tool to keep your cat from tracking litter out of the box. Black rubber mats cost about three dollars at dollar stores. Put your cat food dish on one and your litter box on another.
Cats are frequently nocturnal in their habits. Do not be surprised if your cat is very active at night. If you are having a hard time sleeping because of your cats, close the door. This should help them from waking you during the night, pouncing on your feet under the covers.
While usually cats make great pets for kids, younger kids may be too rough with them. Show your kids the proper way to handle cats. Help them learn how to pick up a cat and care for it. Feline bones are weaker than those of many other pets, so they must be handled with care.
If you want a cat that is well-behaved and not prone to biting and scratching, make sure that you do not try to adopt one when it is too young. It takes 12-16 weeks for a kitten to learn proper cat behavior from their mom and all of their siblings.
It is important that you do not feed your cat too much food from the table. Cats do not digest human food the same way that your does. It can also lead to your cat becoming overweight. If your cat is carrying around too much weight, it will be hard for them to jump up on furniture and get around.
When you are washing a cat litter box, it is a good idea to use basic soap and water. You may think that it would be more sanitary to use a harsh cleaner like bleach or ammonia, but all that will do is create a smell that the cat will find offensive.
You are now ready to protect your home and pets from feral cats. Learn as much as you can about proper pet care and incorporate it into your life. Obviously, cats are animals too, so they should still be handled carefully. You may even discover a stray cat that makes you smile!