Cats are amazing animals and some of the most interesting domesticated friends humans can have. They are among the most popular pets and can be seen roaming the streets of many towns and cities. However, it can be a challenge to learn how to live with these creatures. Cats are strong, smart, and kind of difficult.
If you have outdoor cats, be sure to discourage pests such as coyotes, possums and raccoons by bringing cat food indoors at night. Feed your cats first thing in the morning, and make sure there is no food left at nightfall. This will keep your cats safe from attack and illness.
Cats love to play so make sure that you provide them with lots of toys. Cats enjoy batting around a fake mouse or little ball around the room. Some cats even develop a favorite toy. Playing with your cat is not only fun, it helps them to get exercise 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.
Make sure you purchase medicines and treatments specifically for cats. Cats can have strong negative reactions to a product that is formulated for a dog. Flea products are a prime example. These dog flea products can even cause feline death. In fact, your cat should be kept away from your dog for several hours after the dog has been treated for fleas.
An inexpensive rubber welcome mat helps keep cat food off your floor. This is also a great tool to keep your cat from tracking litter out of the box. Black rubber mats cost about three dollars at dollar stores. Put your cat food dish on one and your litter box on another.
You have to place a litter box correctly. Do not place it in a busy area or close to where your cat eats meals. To help control odors place the litter box in a well ventilated area. Your kitty will thank you.
Play with your cat. A lot of cat owners don’t do this. They are happy to let their cat entertain themselves. However, playing with your cat can help to mentally stimulate him and give him the physical activity he needs. Use small balls, paper bags and any number of small toys to get your cat moving.
Avoid leaving a kitten alone with small children. If children are younger than five years old, pets ought not be left with them. Young children are not yet mature enough to realize what behaviors are dangerous to a cat. As children grow, it will be easier to see if they’re mature enough to handle a cat.
Don’t try and teach your kitty how the litter box is supposed to be used. This comes quite naturally to them and is not something that is learned. It’s not a good idea to rub your cats paws in litter. Some people think this is the way to train. It isn’t.
If you have more than one cat, you should have as many litter boxes as you have cats. If too many cats have to share the same litter box, it can mean disaster! The cats may choose not to share their eliminating space, instead, using other areas, such as clean laundry or hidden corners of the home to do their business.
You can outsmart your cat when you keep the tips you read here close by. Before long, your cat will understand what they can and can’t do in your house. Although cats cannot be trained quite as easily as dogs, the majority of cats can be trained to be well-behaved pets.