Many families find unexpected difficulties when they adopt their first cat. Learning about cats can help make your time together more productive. But because they are curious creatures, some mishaps will still occur even with planning. Reviewing tips like those found below is very helpful; just remember to ready yourself for some surprises along the way!
Spay your cat as soon as she is old enough. You may keep your cat inside, but she could still slip outside and become pregnant. Spray your cat so that this does not occur.
Be sure you have a vet that your cat sees regularly so it stays healthy. Cats need routine annual check-ups and possibly additional ones as well for vaccinations. When the cat seems to be acting abnormally, take it to the vet immediately.
Make sure your cat has a collar if it goes outside. Cats can travel a long way and this will help you get them back easier if they’re lost. The tag should have at least the pet’s name and the number where you can be reached.
Cover the area around your cat’s bowl with a cloth. It’s a common practice for cats to eat their food on the side of their bowl. If this happens, you’ll have to clear away any excess food that’s left outside. An easier way to do that is to either buy a placemat and put it underneath the cat bowl, or to cut a bit of fabric to use as a tablecloth that you can pick up and wash or shake over the garbage can.
When you purchase a kitten for your child, set rules and boundaries beforehand. Let your children know which areas of the house are off-limits for the cat. If you want your cat to stay indoors, then the children must understand the seriousness of never letting it out. By making the rules well known to your children, your children will understand what is and is not allowed.
Cats generally will meow for a reason. Learning about your cat’s meows will be easier the longer you know her. Your cat could be hungry or thirsty, or it may want to leave the house. Be aware of the cues your cat gives you, and the two of you will have a better relationship.
What you have seen here is tips that apply to cats across the board, regardless of breed. Though the concepts are the same, there will inevitably be variations and a different set of circumstances for each family. Having fun with a new cat is the most vital concept!