Cats are great, but they’re not cheap to take care of. Caring for a cat properly means providing it with proper nutrition, adequate stimulation, health care, and many other necessities; this can become expensive. The following article details how you can own a cat without breaking the bank.
Check out the shelter when adopting a cat. Shelters usually have many cats who need a home, and the fees typically include their shots and spaying or neutering. You’re literally saving their life.
If your cat is getting older, you can increase it’s comfort by placing its bed over a heated tile. Place a tile made of terra cotta or a similar material in an oven heated to 200 degrees for around 15 to 20 minutes. Wrap the tile in a towel and then put it under the bed. If necessary, repeat this every few hours.
It is not safe to use dog products for your feline friend. Some can be quite dangerous, and even deadly, when used on a cat. Be very careful with the flea products you use. Your cat can die if you use a dog flea product on it. Keep them separated by at least one door for a few hours after treatment.
Think about getting a microchip for your feline friend. Even though a cat may live inside, you never know if it will run out the door to escape. Cat collars are a great thing to have in case your cat gets lost, but they also pose a risk if they get caught on something. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. 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 most likely spends quite a bit of time grooming. When your cat’s coat is long, it can result in hairballs. There are foods which help combat this problem. Some cat foods are specially formulated to help reduce hairballs, which is good for both you and your pet.
Think twice before leaving a child alone with a kitten. Younger children, especially under 5, cannot be left alone with your cat. Little children do not have the necessary skills yet to handle a pet by themselves. When children get a little older, they develop the skills needed to be around small animals.
Caring for any pet properly involves a fair amount of effort, and cats are certainly included. The care they need is similar to that of children. As this article has shown, there are many things that must be done to keep your cat happy and healthy.