If you were given the opportunity to rescue an animal, would you take it? So many cats could use a great home. The only thing you need to do is bring one home and take good care of it, something the tips below will help you do.
Make sure your cat is always groomed. A cat requires regularly brushing and combing. If this is done frequently, your cat’s coat will be much cleaner. It can cut down on shedding and spitting up hairballs, too. Keep your cat looking at its best by grooming it well.
Regular vet checkups for your cat are very important. Cats need yearly shots and overall health assessments. Make sure you keep the same veterinarian for your pet throughout its life. You won’t have to worry that the vet won’t have all of your cat’s medical records.
Cats are curious by nature, which can end up getting them into trouble. If they have a collar on, this can be dangerous. A breakaway style collar will literally “break away” if pulled too tight. Purchasing one could be the difference between whether your cat lives or dies when he gets stuck.
Regular vet visits are very important for your cat’s health. Your cat should have a health check yearly, but should go in more if your cat needs shots. Cats should see a vet right away if any health problems or injuries needing treatment occur.
You should get your cat a tagged collar, even if it is not legally required. Cats can roam far, so a tag will ensure you find them quickly when they’re lost. Have your phone number engraved on the tag.
Deter your cat from chewing on inappropriate things by using bitter apple. If your cat still prefers to chew on cords, then you have to make sure they stay covered. Tuck loose cords into old toilet paper or paper towel rolls. If you own electronic devices with thin cords, you should keep them out of your cat’s reach when you’re not using them.
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. A collar and identification tags can help bring your pet back to you. But experts point out that collars that do not snap apart quickly if your cat gets it caught on a branch or even a bush can accidentally strangle your cat. Microchips are extremely small, but they can hold all the same information as an identification tag. Most vets and all shelters can scan these chips to get your contact information and there is no risk of losing the chip.
Crystals in the urine, an issue many male cats have, can be avoided with the proper food. Passing those crystals hurts and having this corrected by a vet is expensive. Make sure your cat’s food is not high in magnesium. The best way to find out is to read the label. Fish products are usually higher in magnesium.
Having your own pet is proven to make your life happier. You are giving your love and care to someone who needs it very much. As a pet owner, you can bond with your new cat in a mutually beneficial relationship. Take care of him and he will do the same for you.