Why wouldn’t you save the life of an animal if you could? Consider all the homeless cats in shelters or feral colonies that are in desperate need of homes. If you need to know more about caring for your new cat, keep reading.
Groom your cat. You should comb and/or brush them on a regular basis. This will help them maintain a clean and healthy coat. Doing this will also help alleviate hairballs and excessive shedding. Brushing your cat will keep your home cleaner, too.
Avoid being kept awake by your cat romping through the house at night. When you first get your kitten, establish a habit of putting it to bed in a comfortable crate with a nice bed, litter box, food and water at night. If you start this early, your cat will appreciate having its own safe, cozy room.
Place a “tablecloth” under your cat’s food bowl. Cats sometimes like to eat food outside of their bowl. This means food spillage that you will have to clean later. 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.
You should think before allowing your cat to go outside. Being outside all the time is not safe for a cat. They may acquire fleas or much worse things. It can also be potentially hurt by cars, people or other animals. If your cat must go outside, try to confine them to the backyard.
When bringing a new kitten home, take it slow. It is tempting for children to want to play with the new addition to your home immediately. But the young cat will likely be scared. Give the cat time to acclimate itself to your home and to get comfortable with everyone.
When you are washing a cat litter box, it is a good idea to use basic soap and water. You may think that it would be more sanitary to use a harsh cleaner like bleach or ammonia, but all that will do is create a smell that the cat will find offensive.
If you suspect your cat has sprayed in your home but can not find the area, there is hope. Purchasing an inexpensive black light can save you from having to rip up your carpets. Your cats urine will glow under the black light, showing you exactly where to clean.
Keep track of your feline friend by having the animal microchipped. This small device is implanted beneath the skin between your cat’s shoulder blades. Microchip implantation may sting for a few seconds, but the implant is otherwise unnoticeable and will not cause your pet any discomfort. This chip makes it easier for animal control to locate your cat if it goes missing.
Being a good cat owner is something to take pride in. Through opening your home and heart, you help an animal that needs you. This will most certainly cause a strong bond to form, lasting even longer than the animal is alive. Take care of your pet and it will show its appreciation.