Cats make great pets, but caring for them can be costly. Medical expenses, toys, food and cat litter can quickly add up. The following are a few tips that should help you to find more enjoyable, less expensive ways to care for your cat.
It may prove quite a challenge to make your cat stay off counter tops. Cats enjoy going into high places so that they can see what’s going on around the house. Therefore, you should create high areas for resting. Your cat will not go on your counters if there’s a cat tower close to the kitchen.
The cat’s litter box should be placed in the right spot. Don’t put it in a busy area, and keep it away from your cat’s food. Choose an area that is well-ventilated to avoid bad smells. Your cat and you will prefer this in the end.
Make sure your cat gets lots of love. Most cats crave the same warmth and companionship they give their owners. Similar to people, cats like to socialize and feel as if they are important to their family. Make her feel like she is part of your family.
Create a tablecloth for the feline. Sometimes cats prefer to remove food from their bowls and eat it from the floor. This may make a big mess that you need to clean up. Use a placemat under your cat’s bowl or cut some fabric to create a small tablecloth. Shake the placemat or cloth over the garbage regularly.
Are you the owner of both a dog and cat? That dog will really love stalking (and eating) that cat food. This makes it a good idea to have a cat feeding place high up enough that your dog can’t get to it. That also means they don’t fight about water after eating the food.
Speak with friends and family when you have difficulty with your cat. You may wish to deal with it alone, but you may need advice from other cat owners. There are a number of message boards for cat owners on the Internet, or you can go to your vet with problems.
Don’t punish cats for making messes outside the litter box. Often, this happens when the litter box is dirty. If you attempt to punish your pet, you may cause fear and resentment–and more accidents!
You cat will not be likely to be a finicky eater if you vary the type of food you are feeding from time to time. By giving them one kind of food all the time, it will be all they want to eat.
When you bring a second cat into your home, allow a few weeks for the two to adjust to each other. They may hide from one another, hiss, or even swat each other. Eventually, they become used to each other and are comfortable together.
Pets can take a lot of money to care for properly, and this includes cats. Cats generally need a lot of care which can be considered similar to caring for a child. The information here should have helped you see that you can lessen costs, but still give you the ability to give your cat tip top care.