Cat Care: Simple Rules and Recommendations
By Space Coast Daily // April 29, 2020
A cat is a clean and neat animal that can take care of itself. However, it is necessary to raise a pet and provide it with proper human care from birth.
If you have a cat, then you have noticed how diligently it licks its fur, how carefully it eats. They do not like dirty cat toilets – even small kittens are already trying to take care of themselves.
For prevention, the cat should be taken to the vet once a year for vaccination, if necessary. Even if your kitty is always at home and does not go out, there is a chance to bring different viruses on clothes or shoes, especially if you are in contact with stray cats.
Ask your veterinarian what vaccinations are required in your area and how long they last.
With a planned vaccination, a visit to the veterinarian must be planned. To save time and money, consider buying insurance for your cat.
It is not always easy to find a good veterinarian who will advise only on the necessary procedures, but it is worth the time because, with proper handling of the animal, the cat’s age can reach 20 years or more.
If you have just got a cat, be sure that the new inhabitant of the house will immediately need his dishes: it is better if the bowls are made of stainless steel or high-quality plastic, which will not harm the pet when it comes into contact with food.
The dishes should be stable and have rounded edges so that the cat does not cut itself.
The pet should have three bowls – for dry and wet food and water. They should be washed separately from yours, of course, and this should be done regularly. The dishes should be clean before every meal.
Any food can cause allergies, so you need to select it carefully, in consultation with a vet. Nutrition should be chosen by the age of the pet and the need for specific vitamins and nutrients.
And at the slightest manifestations – itching, hair loss – the cat must be shown to the veterinarian to prevent complications according to thepets.net. It should be remembered that proper nutrition for a cat is a combination of dry and wet rations.
Surely everyone heard that cats are nocturnal predators, so it is likely that your pet jumps on your chest at night, catches your legs from under the covers, or insistently demands to eat.
And although cats spend 2/3 of their lives sleeping, they usually sleep in your absence, so when you return in the evening, their day only begins.
To avoid this, physical activity is also needed. Play in the evening with your cat with a laser pointer or fishing rod toy. If this does not exhaust your pet, then you can get a second kitty so that they will play with themselves. The main thing is to choose a similar in temperament so that in the future there would be no fights at home instead of games.
Of course, you can let a cat go outside if you live in a private house so that she spends her energy there, but living in a metropolis where there are a lot of cars, people, dogs, and everything else can stress your pet.
Although some breeds walk well on a leash, so you can quickly train a cat to walk with you.
The toilet tray should be quite spacious so that the pet does not cram in it and does not scatter the filler on the floor. A place for it should be chosen in advance: not in sight, away from prying eyes. It is advisable to clean the cat toilet after each use.
Place To Sleep
For most of the day, the cat, as you know, sleeps, so the place for rest should be comfortable. Typically, cats prefer elevated seats to watch the rest of the house, but stay safe.
If possible, you can buy a particular cat house or make it with your own hands. The main thing is that the berth should have a soft and comfortable litter.
To preserve the furniture and the health of the pet, the owner should carefully monitor the claws: cut them in time so that the animal does not cling to the upholstered furniture and does not uproot them.
And since sharpening claws is a necessity for a cat, she needs a claw-point with which she will satisfy its need. To teach a pet, there are special bait products that can attract an animal.
For the growth and development of the kitten, well-chosen nutrition is not enough; it needs activity, so you should buy unique toys for your pet.
Shaggy mice, various balls, an attractive and rustling piece of paper on a string – anything will be a joy not only for a kitten but also for an adult cat.
Own Place In The House
A cat is a territorial animal, and even if living with a person, they still need their mini-territory. Even if the cat loves you very much and sleeps with you, from time to time, it needs to relax and, for some time, to be inaccessible to the outside world. Cats living side by side can use common shelters if they are in a good relationship.
You can buy a particular house in any pet store, and in most cases, the higher the house is, the greater pleasure it will be for a cat. From a height, they can see everything well, and they feel safe there.
Especially if you have several animals, to avoid fights for the territory, you can nail a couple of shelves to the wall so that the cat can climb on them and watch what is happening from above.
And regardless of the presence of cat houses, the cat will always be happy with a simple box in which it can climb and hide.
Cats are very self-sufficient and freedom-loving creatures and do not like it when they are forced to do something, therefore, if you want to get something from a cat, it is better to act by cunning. Encouragement is also essential. Therefore, do not forget to praise your beloved pet!
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