Cats are a popular pet for millions, and they deserve love and proper care. A cat owner like you should take time to learn about proper cat care and to use this advice to help your cat live a wonderful life. The following article is chock full of handy cat care advice.
Putting a warm tile beneath the bed of an older cat will help it rest comfortably. Simply heat a single foot cotta tile at 200 degrees between 15 and 20 minutes. Wrap it up in a towel and place it under where your cat sleeps. If possible, re-heat several times throughout the night.
Don’t use dog portions for your cat. Cats can have strong negative reactions to a product that is formulated for a dog. Flea products are a prime example. Your cat can die when exposed to flea prevention items made for dogs. In fact, it is a good idea to separate your cat and dog for a few hours after your dog has taken flea medication.
An outdoor cat must always wear a tag on its collar. Cats can go far from home and without a tag they could become lost forever. You have to be sure you have your pet’s name and number written on the tag.
Consider having your cat fitted with a microchip. Even indoor cats can decide to run away at a moment’s notice, escaping 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. Microchips are as small as a rice grain and have all of your important contact information. All shelters and vets have scanners to ensure your cat gets home safely.
Avoid letting your cat get bored. It is necessary for them to play and get exercise. The unfortunate thing is that many owners of cats don’t realize this. If your cat is bored, it might develop a depression, obsessive compulsive behaviors or ruin some of your furniture. Spend time playing with them, and go through a variety of toys to find ones they like and will play with while you’re busy, too. If your cats are kept inside, set up a carpet lined scratching pad or post. There are many climbing structures that can be purchased or made for cats who enjoy heights.
Be attentive to your cat and give them your love and company, often. A cat’s companionship should be returned with the same. They are social creates which need reassurance. Cats want to feel loved and needed.
Male cats can develop crystals that form in their urine, so prevent this with the right food. The cat is in pain passing the crystals, and the correction for this is costly. Your cat’s food should be low in magnesium. Always read labels. Fish products are usually higher in magnesium.
Cats are popular pets but they need to be cared for properly. If you want your cat to thrive, take the advice here to heart. Keep the tips most important to you in a place you can find later. With the proper care, your cat can enjoy a great life.