Below are some cat care tips we’ve compiled that will make life for both you and your cat happier and healthier.
Handle your cat frequently. Some cats just don’t like to be picked up. If you can start handling your cat when it’s a kitten, chances are better that it will enjoy the handling later in life. It will also be easier when it comes time for check-ups at the vet, having claws trimmed, etc. Also make sure you massage your cat’s feet and toes often so your cat gets used to having it’s paws restrained.
To prevent hairballs, improve the look of your cat’s coat, and give yourself an excuse to check on your cat’s well-being, groom your cat at least once a week. Most cats learn to enjoy the grooming process, although some will become over-excited by it and can only take so much.
Use weekly (or more frequent if possible) grooming sessions to examine your cat for common health problems. Check your cat’s gums, teeth, eyes, ears (look for signs of ear mites), skin, and limbs for possible problems. Check for signs of pain, swelling or injury. Clip your cat’s nails regularly. If your cat’s claws get too long, they may curve back into the toe pad. It’s also more likely that your cat’s claws will get caught on something if they’re not trimmed.
Every major cat care organization recommends keeping your cat indoors for safety, better health and a longer life.
One of the most important cat care tips is regarding the litter box. Place the litter box in a place your cat likes. The number one reason adult cats are brought to shelters is for unresolved litter box problems. Place the box in a relatively quiet area that your cat likes to frequent and make sure there are multiple escape routes. Also make sure to provide enough litter boxes for your cat. We suggest following the one plus one rule – one litter box for each cat in the house plus one more.
Play with your cat daily. Play with dangle toys and chase your cat around the house as much as possible. Get your cat exercising daily and it will help lower risks of diseases and minimize vet bills.
Give your cat at least 10 minutes of physical attention every day. Take time to pet, stroke, scratch or brush your cat for at least 10 minutes daily. It will calm and relax both not only your cat but you too. Recent evidence shows that contact with cats may actually reduce your risk of heart attack by as much as thirty percent! What a great bonus for giving good cat care!
Allow your cat to choose favorite spots to hang out around the house, then make them more comfortable with blankets and pillows..
Feed your cat premium cat food. High quality cat foods meeting AAFCO cat food standards will ensure that your cat gets a balanced diet with the right nutrients. Feline diets deficient in certain nutrients can cause diseases, including blindness.
Take your cat to the vet for a check-up at least once a year.
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