How To Take Care Of Your Cats As Beginners
To different people, having a cat can mean many different things. Some people want a cat to snuggle and lay on their laps, while others prefer to live with a cat that spends a lot of time outside and doesn't require a lot of human connection.
Although there is no surefire way to find the ideal cat for you and your lifestyle, knowing your expectations and what helps cats tick will help you bring home a cat who will be able to adapt to its new surroundings and be the pet you desire.
1. Groom your cat on a regular basis.
Regular brushing or combing will help your cat's fur, whether it's long or short. This helps them eliminate dead hair from their coat so he doesn't eat it while grooming themselves. It also allows you to observe any changes in his physical appearance. Your vet can then inspect any abnormalities such as lumps, pimples, or tender places immediately away.
2. Provide clean and fresh water every day.
Your cat's health depends on having access to clean, freshwater. If your cat refuses to drink from a dish, try giving her a tall glass (some cats dislike bending down to drink) or a cat fountain. Make sure to refresh the water supply on a daily basis.
3. Make sure to have a sufficient number of litter boxes.
One litter box for each cat plus one additional is a useful tip. If you have two cats, you'll need three litter boxes. Keep the litter boxes clean to encourage excellent litter box behaviors. This may necessitate scooping multiple times every day. Cleaning your cat's litter box on a regular basis will also help you recognize any changes in his urine or feces, which could signify a health problem.
4. If your cat begins to urinate outside of its litter box, pay attention.
If a cat's litter box is unclean, he or she may urinate outside it. But, before you blame the mishap on the condition of the litter box or your cat's mischief, make an appointment with your doctor. A change in litter box behaviors can indicate that a cat is suffering from a urinary tract infection or another medical condition.
5. Use a scratching post to teach your cat.
This will not only protect your items, but it will also help your cat expand her muscles and maintain her claws in good shape. Scratching on a suitable surface on a regular basis helps eliminate the old layers from your cat's claws.
6. In the car, use a cat carrier.
Is it time for your cat to go to the vet? Or are you relocating to a new location? Your cat should be transported in a pet-friendly carrier. Enabling your cat to freely roam in the car can cause you to lose focus while driving, resulting in accidents that could damage both you and your cat.
7. Keep your cat's teeth clean at all times.
Tartar can form on a cat's teeth, just like it can on a human's, causing dental problems and tooth damage. Bacteria that develop on your cat's teeth can infiltrate her bloodstream and cause other feline illnesses. Cats, unlike humans, cannot wash their teeth. Many cats also refuse to allow their owners to wash their teeth for them. Arrange a cleaning with your vet at least once a year to maintain your cat's teeth in good shape.
8. Choose a veterinarian who is cat-friendly.
It appears self-evident that cats are not little replicas of dogs. Cats, on the other hand, have different medical requirements than dogs. A veterinarian that specializes in feline health and anatomy can be a helpful ally in maintaining your cat's health. The American Association of Feline Practitioners can help you identify a feline veterinarian in your region.
9. Veterinary appointments should be scheduled on a regular basis.
Annual visits allow the veterinarian to detect any emerging feline ailments, administer immunizations, and clean the cat's teeth. Your veterinarian can also tell you if your cat is in good shape.
10. Your cat should be spayed or neutered.
Cats of both genders, male and female, can be affected by reproductive illnesses. Female cats benefit from spaying to avoid uterine infections, ovarian cancer, and breast tumors, while male cats benefit from neutering to avoid testicular cancer and some prostate issues. The procedures also limit a male cat's desire to roam, and if performed early enough in his life, they may even abolish his need to spray to mark territory. What is the greatest advantage? Your cat will not add to the pet overpopulation problem.