Cats are very curious. They seem to be able to get by without you, but they tend to like to be around you at times too. They are hard to figure out, but they also bring much joy. The following are terrific tips for keeping a happy cat.
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.
If your cat is older or sick, a heating pad may provide comfort. Use a 12″ terra cotta tile and heat it by putting it in a 200ºF oven for 20 minutes. Then, wrap this up into a towel and place it underneath your cat’s bed. Replace it every three hours or so.
If your cat is misbehaving, you can influence its behavior in a safe and humane way by using water. Fill a small squirt gun or a spray water bottle with plain water. Give your cat a few light squirts of water when you catch it misbehaving and it will soon learn to stop doing the unwanted behavior.
Cats and electrical cords don’t mix. If you notice your cat has a habit of chewing on electric cords, try to bundle them up and hide them out of the cat’s reach. If that’s not possible, spray a little bit of bitter apple onto the cords. Not only is bitter apple non-toxic, cats absolutely hate the taste.
When you move your cat from one house to another, be sure to move the cat last. Set up a quiet room with familiar items for the cat. Keep your cat in the room and quiet for a day or two. Visit and feed the cat in the room. After a couple of days, the cat can explore the rest of the house.
Feed your cats proper food. Remember that cats must eat meat. Only give your cats cat food to eat. Do not feed them or let them eat dog food. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs and some of the ingredients in dog food could harm your cat. Feeding your cat dog food for food could also lead to malnourishment, among other issues.
Location is key when placing a litter box. A cat’s litter box should be in a quiet spot in the house, away from where your cat eats. Also be sure that the cat litter area is ventilated so the smell doesn’t linger. You and your cat will greatly appreciate this.
Use quality food to prevent crystals from forming in a cat’s urine. Passing these crystals is painful and the vet bill to have this corrected is expensive. Choose a low magnesium food. Take a look at the food’s label. Fish products are usually higher in magnesium.
Cats are often hard to understand, but they still make wonderful pets. Use what you have learned here to ensure that your cat is healthy and happy in your home. Being a cat owner can be great, and if you take care of your cat properly your happy cat can be a wonderful pet.