Would you save an animal if you could? Millions upon millions of cats are searching for a home. The only thing you need to Cat Love do is bring one home and take good care of it, something the tips below will help you do. If you have outdoor cats, be sure to discourage pests such as coyotes, possums, and raccoons by bringing cat food indoors at night. Feed your cats first thing in the morning, and make sure there is no food left at nightfall. This will keep your cats safe from attack and illness.
Realize that cats do not normally pant. Dogs pant to keep cool. If a cat pants, it’s a sign of trouble. Your cat could be very anxious or in pain. Likewise, rapid breathing is a sign of pain or anxiety. Be sure to contact your vet right away if your cat starts panting. Clip your cat’s nails regularly. Cats do have to scratch. However, when cats scratch, their nail sheaths come off and their sharp, pointy claws are exposed. Clipping your cat’s claws every two to three weeks keeps them blunt and helps keep harm to furniture, humans, and other pets to a minimum.
Protect your cat from strangling
Protect your cat from strangling by making sure the cords of curtains and blinds are secured and out of reach. When you make or purchase a dangly toy for your cat, be sure to supervise during play. Put the toy away if you will not be around to watch. Do not assume that because a medication is okay for you to take, that it is safe for your cat as well. Many medications made for humans are lethal to cats, such as acetaminophen-containing drugs and aspirin. Always check with your veterinarian before you give your cat anything.
Do not feed your cat any kind of human food that contains bones in it. If you are giving your cat chicken or fish, be sure to remove the bones beforehand to prevent a choking hazard. Chop the food that you serve into small bits to make it easier to digest for your cat. Do not use medicine meant for a dog on a cat. This is especially important for topical medicines. Cats do their own cleaning, and if a dog medicine is used on a cat, your pet can ingest it. There are some medicines that work for both cats and dogs, but only use them if the vet says it is okay.
Adopting multiple cats
Consider adopting multiple cats, especially it will be spending a significant amount of time alone. One cat can do fine alone, however, two are not much more work or expense than one, and can keep each other company and entertain each other. This will stave off boredom, especially if you work long hours. Don’t try to show your feline how to go in the litter box. This is a natural instinct that cannot be taught. Some individuals believe they should carry their cat to the litter box and rub paws into the litter. This actually can be quite traumatic for a cat.
Let your cat get comfortable using a carrier. Cats never respond to punishment the way that dogs do. Encouragement is a better way to get your cats to perform. You should place a toy or a blanket inside the carrier and place it in an area where it will be noticed by your cat. Over time the cat will not be stressed about the carrier and will enter it voluntarily. Then, you will have no problem using the carrier. If you’ve just met a cat, don’t look at them in their eyes. Cats do not like being stared at by people they don’t know. That’s why they are more comfortable if you are not looking at them. They are more likely to approach you that way, and more likely to kindly regard you in the future.
You should keep wet cat food in the refrigerator after it has been opened. Bring it to room temperature before serving it to your cat, because it will smell more enticing to them and be less likely to cause an upset stomach. If you like, place it in the microwave for a bit to warm it up. Stay current on your cat’s exams and vaccinations. Not unlike kids, kittens require vaccinations and checkups every so often so that they do not get sick. Treat your cat as if it were a member of the family.
While there is nothing wrong with using clumping cat litter for older felines, you should stick with sandy litter when dealing with kittens. The clumping litters are usually treated with all types of chemicals that may not be safe for smaller cats. Once they are older, you should be able to make the switch with no issue. Make sure to feed your diet pet food specifically made for cats. While a bag of dog food might be cheaper pound for pound, it will not contain the necessary vitamins, minerals, and especially protein content to keep your cats healthy. Giving a cat dog food on a regular basis can also cause kidney failure and other serious illnesses.
If your cat is diabetic, check his blood sugar at least once a day. Having a record of his blood sugars can provide you with helpful information to pass on to your vet. Your vet can then adjust insulin and other medications accordingly. This can also help you to determine how food is affecting your cat’s health condition.
Watch your pet carefully for signs of illness. If you see your cat suddenly eating less, drinking more, seeming increasingly lazy or hiding from people that she normally loves, this could be a sign that something is medically wrong. In such cases, visit your veterinarian to get your kitty checked out as soon as possible. Caring for a kitty is something that is enjoyable and rewarding. Take good care of your cat and cherish the time you spend together.