Famed poet T.S. Eliot once described cats as a creature on which a household depends, and there's definitely some truth in his words. A cat that is healthy, well-mannered, and happy can make an excellent addition to your home. However, cats can at times be difficult to have around. The tips below will help you enjoy your cat as much as possible.
Don't leave drape cords near your cats. The cats will start playing with the cords and they can easily wrap around their necks. This could kill them. It is highly recommended that you keep all drape cords pinned in such a way that the cat can't see them so as to prevent any accidents.
A cat can do a lot of damage to your furniture with its claws. You need to get a scratching post or a cat tower to prevent your cat from ruining your furniture. You should scold your cat when it scratches your furniture and direct its attention to the scratching post or tower. They may not take to it overnight, but they should eventually.
A microchip for your cat is something that you should really consider. You may not have had trouble with your cat getting loose previously, but it can happen at any time by accident. A tagged collar might help get kitty home, but it can just as easily come off if snagged on a branch. Your important information can all fit nicely on a rice grain sized microchip. Most organizations that deal with animal care can scan your cat for microchips, and because they are implanted, they won't get lost.
Cats will be up during the night more often than not. Thus, the bulk of their activity will occur at night. Try closing the door if your cats are keeping you awake at night. This will ensure you sleep much better, without cats jumping into bed with you.
cat doors Cats are generally nocturnal. Thus, the bulk of their activity will occur at night. If you are having a hard time sleeping because of your cats, close the door. This will reduce the frequency that they wake you up.
While usually cats make great pets for kids, younger kids may be too rough with them. Spend time instructing your children on cat care. Show them how to gently pick kitty up and what kinds of activities are appropriate. Cats need to be protected, too. Their bones are much more susceptible than dogs.
Do you have both a dog and a cat? A dog will probably end up eating the cat's food if it gets the chance. If you're having a problem with this, make your cat's eating area high enough that your dog cannot reach. Separate eating spaces are a must to avoid fights between your pets.
Buy your cat a fountain to drink from. Your cat will prefer drinking from running water since this is a natural behavior. Streams of water will attract your cat. Actually, certain cats like to drink right from the sink faucet as it runs. A fountain will allow your cat to drink like he or she is in the wild.
Feed your pet canned food. While dry food is less costly, the canned food has added benefits. Canned food generally provides more nutrients, protein and fat as well as liquids. Aging cats can chew this easier. You should listen to what your vet recommends, though.
It isn't always easy being a cat owner, but it's definitely rewarding. No matter how active your cat is, there is always room to improve our relationship with your pet. Those meows will be replaced with purrs in short order.