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Cat Care Tips – 10 Things Your Cat Wants You To Know

| December 26, 2011
Cat Care Tips

Given the differences between humans and felines, it's amazing that we get along the way we do. These cat care tips deal with subjects such as preventing litter box problems and letting your cat act on her instincts.

Given the differences between humans and felines, it’s amazing that we get along the way we do. These cat care tips deal with subjects such as preventing litter box problems and letting your cat act on her instincts. Following these tips will help you and your kitty to better bond and enjoy your lives together.

1. Lay your hands on your cat often – some cats just don’t like to be picked up no matter what. But, if you can start handling your cat often when she’s a kitten, chances are good she’ll better accept it later in life. She’ll also do better when it comes time to get checked by the vet or have her claws trimmed.

2. Check your cat for health problems – use weekly (or more often) grooming sessions to examine your cat for common health problems. Check your cat’s teeth, gums, eyes, ears, skin, and limbs for obvious problems. Check for fleas, ear mites, and signs of pain, swelling, or injury.

3. Let your cat sunbathe – cats love heat. In fact, domestic cats love warmth so much that they’ve been known to singe their fur on a hot stove. Cats love to sunbathe, so provide a bed for your cat by a window so she can have her place in the sun.

4. Keep your cat indoors – every major cat care organization recommends keeping your cat indoors for safety, better health, and a longer life. Cats can live out a healthy life indoors, get the exercise they need, and survey their territory from a nice spot in front of the window.

5. Your cat wants to hunt, so let her – no, I’m not saying to let your cat hunt rats. Instead, bring out the hunting instincts in your cat by spreading some treats around the house. This will make feeding time a bit more fun. One of my cats likes it when you toss dry food bits and let her chase them down. Try it.

6. Provide enough litter boxes – follow the one plus one rule – one box for each cat in the house plus one more. This ensures that there’s a fresh, available box to use at any given time. Some cats don’t like using a box that was recently used, even if they were the one to use it.

7. Clean the cat litter box twice a day – clean the box twice a day and change the litter every few weeks, thoroughly scrubbing the box and disinfecting with bleach when you do. Keeping the box spotless will help prevent any possible cat litter box problems that might arise.

8. Set aside playtime for you and your cat – play fetch with your cat, or dangle toys on a string for her. Play a game of tag and take turns chasing each other around the house whenever you can. Increase your cat’s exercise level daily and you’ll help lower risks of heart disease, diabetes and other diseases.

9. Must have cat toys – cat toys can be fun for both of you. Rotate your cat’s toys in and out of circulation so that you keep it interesting. Always, however, leave your cat’s favorites accessible. Heed warning labels, though, and do not leave your cat unsupervised as injury can occur. Also, a belt or a shoe lace, if used safely, can make a great interactive toy and provide exercise for your cat.

10. Get your cat a housemate – two cats are more than twice the fun of one. Plus, your cats will be able to give each other attention when you can’t. A second cat around the house will offer comfort, reduce boredom, and encourage exercise. This will help prevent possible behavior problems as well, as bored kitties are more likely to get into trouble.

Keeping your cat indoors will help keep her safe, and ensuring she exercises will keep her healthy. Nurturing your cat’s instincts, and paying more attention to her will make your kitty a better adjusted family member. The cat care tips concerning the litter box may prevent future headaches, and the health check is just a good habit for the two of you.

 

Copyright & Credit: About the Author: For at least 15 more practical tips on cat care see Kurt Schmitt’s online resource for cat lovers. Title: Cat Care Tips – 10 Things Your Cat Wants You To Know Article Distribution and Free Web Content by www.reprint-content.com

Photo copyright and courtesy: Michelangelo Di Schiena

Category: Feline Articles, Feline Health and Care, Feline Resources

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