Cats are wonderful pets, but it can be expensive to care for them. There are many things you will need to pay for, such as cat litter, food, toys and trips to the vet. With the solid advice below, you will find ways to keep your pet and save some money too.
You must always take your cat for regular vet check-ups. Your cat requires a variety of vaccines and shots to prevent illness, and it is also important to identify health problems before they become too severe. Always use the same veterinarian if possible. They will learn your cat’s history best.
You should not use products designed for other animals. They can have very strong and possibly negative reactions to dog products. Be very careful with the flea products you use. Products used for flea prevention in dogs can be very harmful to your cat. In truth, your cat needs to be kept a distance from any dog just flea-treated for the first few hours.
Spray bitter apple on electrical cords. If they like to chew on cords, try covering them as much as you can. Any loose cords should be bundled up and placed in things like paper towel rolls. Personal electronic devices should be stored when not needed to keep their cords out of reach.
You can also consider outfitting your cat with a chip so you can monitor its whereabouts. One day, your indoor cat might leave through an open door or get outside through an open window. Collars or tags can identify your cat, but cats can wiggle out of those, and they are also at risk of getting hung up on something. You can use a microchip instead; you can store your contact information in the chip and it will not bother your cat. 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.
Normally cats are nocturnal animals. They get very active at night. If you find that your nocturnal kitties are waking you up in the middle of the night, the solution may be as simple as closing the door to your bedroom. Your cat will not bother you in the middle of the night if this area is off limit.
Be sure to show your cat affection as much as possible. Cats provide warmth and affection, and they also require the same from you. Like many people, cats need to socialize with people so that they feel like they are an important part of their family’s lives. They wish to be a happy and valuable family member.
Male cats can develop crystals that form in their urine, so prevent this with the right food. These crystals can cause your cat pain to pass, and your vet bill can be expensive. Give your cat foods that are low in magnesium. Consult the ingredient list. Poultry products will tend to have lower amounts than seafood based products.
When you get a kitten for kids, you have to set up a few rules first. Let your children know what rooms you will allow the cat to go into. It’s also important to let them know that outside doors must be kept closed so that the cat doesn’t escape. Setting rules in advances ensures understanding.
You should think again before allowing your cat to go outside. This could be harmful and unsafe. Your cat can pick up fleas, or worse. Cars, people, or animals could hurt your beloved pet. If they have to go outside, make sure it’s a small area like your lawn or backyard.
Pets can be pricy to care for and cats aren’t an exception. Cats require so much attention and care you would swear they are as needy as human children are. You can reduce your expenses while still taking the best care for your kitten.