Cats are very smart, loving and fun animals but they require some attention. There’s a reason so many families choose to welcome cats, and that cats are present in great numbers in virtually every human community. Learning to coexist with your cat is quite the challenge. These beautiful animals require special care.
Make sure your cat is always groomed. Cats have to be brushed or combed on a regular basis. This will help them maintain a clean and healthy coat. This will also reduce things like shedding and hairballs because it keeps them from having extra hair. Your cat should be kept groomed so that they look great and you’ll also make your home look good.
Cats love to squeeze into tiny spots. If they have a collar on, this might prove to be a safety risk if they happen to get stuck. The advantage to a breakaway type collar is that if enough pressure is put on it, it will just let go rather than strangle the cat. This will allow your cat to live another day if it gets tangled up.
Have your cat chipped so you can find him if he runs away. Even a house cat may end up lost outside, no matter how careful you are. Collars and tags can help get your cat home, however cats are experts at wiggling out of these, not to mention the risk they pose if they were to get snagged on a bush or tree branch. Microchips are as tiny as a piece of rice and will tell people where the cat belongs. Nearly all veterinarians and shelters now have scanners capable of reading the information on these chips, and since they are under the skin, there is no chance of the chip getting lost.
Your cat needs to be shown lots of love. Cats provide warmth and affection, and they also require the same from you. Cats have a need to communicate with others to show they are part of the family. They probably would like to feel as though they are a wanted part of the family.
A cat generally spends quite a bit of time grooming itself. Your cat’s long hair can cause hair balls. If your cat has this issue, try changing his food. Some cat food out there has a special formula in it that reduces hairballs. This benefits your pet and you.
Take time to train your cat to go into a car carrier. Cats don’t react to punishment like dogs do. Encouragement is more likely to get them to respond. Put a nice blanket inside the carrier then leave it where the cat is most often. Your cat will start to venture into their carrier more often, until they are completely comfortable with it. In the future, your cat will not get scared when you put him in the carrier.
If you read these tips, you can control your cat no problem. Cats will learn some basic things, like where they’re allowed or not allowed to be. While dogs might be easier to train, cats are very respectable animals that stay well-trained and well-mannered.