Cats can make great pets! These orphaned cats make up 1/2 of the domesticated pet population, and they can be a pain if you reside in the city. Keep reading for some excellent advice about taking care of your pet.
Look a local animal shelters for cats. Shelters are filled with beautiful cats, and the fee for adoption will basically cover the needed vet care. Adopting a cat this way helps to save their life and cut down on unwanted animal births.
Do not use dog products on your cat. If you try to use products meant for dogs, it can make your cat sick, or even kill him. One product in particular to pay close attention to is any remedy for fleas and ticks. These dog flea products can even cause feline death. You need to separate your pets when you treat them for fleas.
Make sure your cat has a collar if it goes outside. This way, if your cat gets lost and is found by a stranger, that person will know how to contact you. Ensure that you at least put the name of your cat and your personal phone number on this tag.
It’s very important to get your cat microchipped. Even cats who live completely indoors may someday decide to bolt out the door or escape out of a window. Tags and collars are great, but they don’t always stay on your cat. They can also be a risk, should they get snagged on something. Microchips are tiny and contain all your contact information. The chip will never be lost because it is under the skin and it can easily be read by any shelter or vet.
Most cats spend a large amount of time on grooming themselves. When the cat’s hair is longer, this could lead to hairballs. Buy your cat specialized food to prevent this problem. Some foods have special formula for hairball reduction, which will benefit you and your cat.
Now you know how to care for your cat properly. They can cause damage to your yard or attack your pets. Keep in mind that all cats are very sensitive and require a lot of care. You may even bond with a stray cat that comes your way.