When they take in a cat for the first time, many families run into challenges they never considered beforehand. No one should get a pet without taking the steps to prepare. Sometimes problems will arise no matter what you do. But to lessen the issues early on, use the advice shared here!
Make sure your cat is always well groomed. Cats should have regular combings. If yu do this quite often, it will help them stay clean. This will also cut down on shedding and can reduce issues with hairballs. A well groomed cat will be much more pleasant for everyone and will also help you keep your home clean.
It is always important to take your cat to the veterinarian for regular checkups. Cats need special shots to keep them from getting sick, and the veterinarian will check your cats overall health. Always use the same veterinarian if possible. They will learn your cat’s history best.
An indoor cat who gets a taste of the outdoors will forever want to go outside. If you know your cat will always be an indoor cat, do your best to keep them from sneaking out. You can try to train your cat to stay in your yard when you are outside.
Check your cats ears frequently for ear mites. You may notice your cat shaking their head or scratching their ears a lot if they have them. They are tiny parasites that look like coffee grounds in your cat’s ears. If you have more than one cat, they can also travel from cat to cat. See a vet before using any medication on them since their ears need properly cleaned first.
Make sure you have a good pet carrier or basket for transporting your cats from one location to the next. A proper carrier or basket should have enough room for them to turn around in comfortably. It should also be easy to clean. Make sure that it is lined with a blanket, cushion, or towel to help it stay comfortable and cozy for them when traveling.
Check out the shelter when adopting a cat. Shelters have lots of great cats available, and your adoption fee often covers key veterinary services. Taking a cat home with you means that a life has been saved.
If you absolutely must bathe a cat, set everything up in advance. Set up two tubs large enough to dunk a cat. Fill them with comfortably warm water. Set your open bottle of cat shampoo, a heavy towel, and a secure pet carrier close by. Wear heavy rubber gloves. Grasp your cat by the scruff of the neck. Dunk, shampoo and scrub quickly in one tub. Dunk to rinse in the second tub. Wrap the cat securely in the towel and place in the carrier to dry.
If you are looking for a new home for your kitty, consider registering with an online pet adoption agency. Some of these companies screen applicants, so you will be sure that your pet is going into a good home. This is better than selling him to a creep who lurks around Craigslist all the time.
Such training concepts are useful for all types of cats. These are the fundamental concepts involved with raising a small feline, but the individual circumstances in which they apply will change from one person to the next. Enjoy your new cat!