Having a cat is a rewarding experience that can really add to your quality of life. But cats are living creatures that require attention and care to ensure they live long, healthy and happy lives.
Whether you have a cat already or are considering adopting one in the future, this is everything you need to know about caring for your cat:
Many first-time cat owners do not understand the importance of regular nail trimming for cats. As soon as you adopt your cat, start trimming the nails right away. The more you do it, the easier it will get for them as they grow older.
Reward them with treats to make the experience more enjoyable for them, and be sure to give them a break if they get very upset. Just make sure you don’t give up! Adult cats should have their nails trimmed every six to eight weeks.
Like humans, cats require proper nutrition and a balanced diet to stay healthy. A healthy diet can prevent a number of health-related issues, such as urinary crystals. Urinary crystals can lead to even more serious health issues and can be fatal in male cats if they’re not treated. Keeping your pet’s pH levels where they should be is easiest by maintaining a healthy diet.
Proper nutrition can also help to maintain a healthy weight. Overweight cats are at a higher risk of diabetes and arthritis.
One of the most common myths about cats is that they can drink milk. While many cats like milk, their digestive systems are not made to process milk the way that people do.
Even so-called “cat milk” that you find at the grocery store is hard for them to digest, so it’s best to avoid this treat altogether.
Dental care for cats is just as important as it is for dogs.
While it might be more difficult to brush a cat’s teeth, there are treats and water additives available to help keep their mouths clean and prevent a buildup of bacteria. This can help slow the accumulation of plaque and tartar.
Whether your cat is an indoor or outdoor cat, microchip them!
Indoor cats can be sneaky and escape the house, and if they end up at a shelter or at a veterinarian’s office without a microchip, you may not be able to get them back.
A microchip is a one-time investment and it’s the best way to ensure that your cat is returned to you if they ever get lost or manage to escape.
Keep Water Available
Keep fresh, clean water available for your cat at all times. Some cats prefer having multiple sources of water throughout your home.
If you notice your cat drinking from your glass or other places water can be found, consider providing them with multiple bowls in different areas of your home. Remember to keep them full so your cat always stays hydrated.