Love Your Pet: Tips For Caring For Your Cat

It is important to give your cat the attention and care it deserves. Do not expect grooming a cat to be like grooming a dog. You have to do extra in order to make sure they're clean and look their best. Many other tips like this one lie below, so read on.

Taking your cat in for regular check-ups at the veterinarian's office is part of being a responsible pet owner. They should get their vaccinations and have a full check up. It is best to always take your cat to the same veterinarian. They'll understand what your cat has been through.

Ensure that your cat goes to the vet often so that they are healthy. A routine check-up should happen annually, and more often if necessary shots are due. Cats should see a vet right away if any health problems or injuries needing treatment occur.

Never let a cat become bored. Cats need play and exercise like other pets. Unfortunately, lots of people who own cats neglect this. Bored cats can become depressed and inactive, causing harm to their well-being. Give them room to play and a large number of toys. If they stay indoors make sure they have a scratching post for climbing.

Consider having your cat fitted with a microchip. Indoor cats could run out your door or jump out the window. Other measures like tags and collars are better than nothing, but your cat may wriggle out of them or they may be torn off by outdoor hazards. Your important information can all fit nicely on a rice grain sized microchip. Most shelters and veterinarians can scan your pet to read the information on the chip, and the chip cannot be lost since it is beneath the skin.

Do all you can to figure out what's causing your cat to meow. After some time, you'll understand why your cat purs or meows based on what she wants. The cat may want something to eat or to get let out. By taking note of your cat's cues, you'll understand it more.

If you're looking for good prices on cat medications, check online sources. The prices will usually be substantially better than at your vet. There may be some cases in which you cannot buy online, such as in an emergency. But, for routine medications, this can be a budget-saver.

Male cats sometimes have crystals in their urine, but this can be prevented with the right cat food. Passing such crystals is a painful experience for your cat, and your wallet isn't going to enjoy the vet bill. Let your cat have food that doesn't have a lot of magnesium in it. Be sure that you read the label. Fish products tend to be higher in magnesium than poultry products.

Train your cat to tolerate a pet carrier. Cats don't react to punishment like dogs do. Encouragement is usually a much better option. Leave your cat carrier open and put a few special toys inside. After some time, your cat will respond better to the carrier. This makes transporting much easier.

Understand that all cats need exercise and play time. Of course, all mammals like to play, regardless of age or species. Older cats do not have the same energy level as younger ones, but they still like to play a little. Make sure you and your cat are thoroughly enjoying each other.

cat door Once your cat has had the best grooming possible, it can look good. Fulfilling your obligations to your feline friend ensures that your cat is healthy inside and out. Your cat is certain to appreciate any grooming. Apply the advice in this piece, and make sure your cat is groomed regularly.