There is a lot that goes into taking care of a cat. If you’re a first time cat owner, or even if you’ve had a cat for a while, this article can help you out. Read over it carefully and you should have no problem taking better care of your cats.
Create a warm bed for an outdoor or feral cat by lining a banana box with a thick layer of newspaper. Cut a piece of Mylar to fit the bottom of the box. Put another layer of newspaper on top. Add a warm blanket. Place the whole box inside a dog house or under a porch where it can’t get wet.
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.
Choose a high quality food. The key to a healthy cat starts with nutrition. Take a look at the ingredients label. If you look at most “popular” commercial cat foods, you may be surprised to see the top ingredient listed is corn. Cats are carnivores, so look for a food with a real meat as the top ingredient. You may pay more up front, but these foods are often more nutritionally dense, meaning your cat eats less and the bag lasts longer.
Keep the litter box clean. Cats are naturally very clean animals, and a dirty litter box will have your cat looking for alternative places to relieve himself. Cats also value their privacy, so try to locate the box in an area that does not get a lot of foot traffic.
Normally cats are nocturnal animals. This means that they will be the most active at night time. If your cat is keeping you up at night, you should close the door to your bedroom. This should help them from waking you during the night, pouncing on your feet under the covers.
Your cat needs to be shown lots of love. Cats are looking for a response in kind in exchange for all of the friendly companionship they offer to humans. Like people, cats like to socialize and need to feel like they’re an essential part of your life. They probably would like to feel as though they are a wanted part of the family.
Make sure your kids know the rules before kitty comes home. Make sure the children know where the cat is and is not allowed to roam. If you plan to raise an indoor cat, let your children know that the cat cannot go outside. Clearly explaining the rules will limit future mishaps.
Why is your cat meowing? The more time you spend with your cat, the better you’ll understand what its meows mean. The cat might want something to eat, or just to go outside. Getting to know your cats cues will help you to interpret her meows.
Think over whether or not you should let your cat go outdoors. The outside world is very dangerous for cats. Cats can become infected with fleas, ticks and ringworm. It can also be potentially hurt by cars, people or other animals. If your cat really wants to go outside, let it out into a small area in your yard.
Now you can probably see that there is quite a bit that goes into working with cats. It isn’t difficult, but it can be time consuming. Take everything you’ve gone over here and things won’t be all that difficult for you. Good luck and enjoy taking care of your pet!