The famous poet T.S. Eliot wrote on cats. He described them as creatures that the house depends on, and there is some truth to that. Well-behaved, healthy cats are great for any home. Sadly, cats can be temperamental. Here are some things you need to know if you’re going to be living with a cat.
Make sure that your cat is well groomed. Cats require frequent brushing or combing. If you do this frequently you’ll be able to help the cat have clean fur. It also reduces their shedding and hairballs. Regularly grooming your cat will help keep it and your home looking great.
It is not safe to use dog products for your feline friend. If you try to use products meant for dogs, it can make your cat sick, or even kill him. Flea products are a prime example. Canine flea products can be lethal to a cat. After your dog receives a flea treatment, keep your cat away for at least a few hours.
Deter cats from shocking themselves on electrical wires by spraying them with bitter apple. If your cat plays with cords, put them up and out of the way, or you can hide them in old paper towel rolls. You can bundle loose cords together and place them inside paper towel rolls. Any electronic item not in use should be stored away where the cat can’t get to it.
Microchips are an increasingly popular form of pet protection. Even an indoor cat could someday jump through an open window. Tags and collars can help you cat return home, but cats can wiggle out of them or risk injury by snagging them on a tree branch or bush. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. Every shelter and most veterinarian offices have microchip scanners that can read the chips, and best of all, they chips can’t be lost.
Being the owner of a cat isn’t always the easiest thing to be, but it is very rewarding. You need to get to know your cat better so you can focus on the kind of attention it needs the most. Those meows will be replaced with purrs in short order.