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Caring for a cat is sometimes difficult, especially because it can be hard to work out how they are feeling. Here are a few cat care tips and tricks to help you.
- It can prove challenging to entice a cat to spend time in someone’s company, and many wonder why they will often choose to sit near the person who is indifferent about them rather than someone who wants to give them attention. However, walking towards the cat, standing over them and gesticulating may actually appear more threatening than someone who is sitting quietly. If you want your cat to approach you, let them come to you without trying to influence them.
- Sadly, many cats suffer by becoming entangled in cords or wires, such as those used to open and close blinds. Pin them back so they are not loose, and hide or move them well out of reach to avoid danger.
- Some foods are said to help cats with hairballs because they have been specially developed to assist them in passing fur naturally. Their high fibre content reduces coat shedding, and hairball supplements are also available. Consult your vet before feeding your cat any of these items.
- Insurance can cover your cat against veterinary costs incurred by accident or injury, and might include other benefits you may have not considered. Animal Friends offer a range of policies for you to choose from.
- Cats enjoy climbing on to high surfaces that allow them to see everywhere because of their predatory instincts. To prevent them from jumping on to kitchen counter tops, create a safe place where they can experience the same height. Think about investing in a cat tree or tower to satisfy their urge to climb.
- Items your cat will play with don’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Sometimes the most entertaining games can be created by trailing a piece of string across the floor for your cat to chase. Anything that encourages their hunting instincts will be appreciated.
- Start grooming your cat from an early age because the more they get used to it, the less likely they will be to resist as they grow up. Lots of hand contact with your cat will also encourage them to react positively. An older or ill cat may groom less than normal, so you need to be vigilant to avoid any problems arising.
- A kitten can learn how to use the litter tray by watching other cats, and does not necessarily need a lot of training to work it out.
- A heated terracotta tile can prove useful for alleviating a senior cat’s aches and pains. Put it in the oven on low heat for about fifteen minutes, wrap it in a towel and place it under your cat’s bed.
- Cats can tell when food is stale, just like humans can. To keep your cat’s dry food fresh, try storing it in plastic containers.
- Some people are more prone to cat-related allergies than others. An allergic reaction may be triggered by the breed, colour or gender of a cat. If you have a lot of allergies already, it is wise to get tested before committing to buying or adopting one.
- Some cats are quite happy to be left alone for long periods, whilst others need more attention. Research what each breed prefers, and think about the one that would best suit your lifestyle. Nevertheless, each cat is an individual so there is no guarantee they will exhibit all of the traits their breed is known for possessing. If you are adopting from a shelter, ask the staff for as much information as possible about the cat’s temperament.
- To help a reluctant cat to use the litter tray, evaluate its position in your home. You may find that moving it encourages them to use it, especially if it was initially placed near their food or bed. Cats in the wild eliminate away from where they eat or sleep, and yours will be no different.
- Contrary to popular belief, cats tend to purr when they want something, not just when they are happy. They may need food or attention, or could even be trying to tell you they are in pain. It is a form of communication aimed towards you, so try to work out what your cat is saying.
- Visiting a shelter may mean you get a cat that you could never have imagined. If you are not fussy about breed, there are moggies in shelters all over the country of every colour, age and temperament that need a loving home.
- You can cool your cat down on a hot day by rubbing them with a damp cloth. Make sure you are gentle and don’t drip water on them, as they won’t like it.
- To curb some of your cat’s difficult behaviour, have them spayed or neutered. Intact females are prone to calling to get the attention of males, whilst intact males can urine mark and are more likely to get into fights with others, usually over females. This can not only increase the risk of them getting injured, but also of contracting diseases such as FIV or FeLV. Spaying and neutering also reduces the risk of your cat developing some types of cancer, and prevents unwanted pregnancy.
- A child safety gate can be used to introduce a dog and a new cat. It allows them to see each other from a safe distance, whilst enabling the cat to retreat somewhere they feel safe if they are intimidated by the dog.
- Cats are often fascinated by running water, even if they don’t like to swim or bathe in it, so a fountain can sometimes entice your cat to drink water.
- Consider getting two kittens instead of one. Not only will they keep each other company when you are out of the house, but they can also learn from each other’s behaviour and burn off excess energy, which is particularly important if you have indoor cats.
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