5 Cat Care Tips to Remember
Cat care is a subject that should interest every cat owner. Like anyone who owns a pet, you want your cat to be healthy and happy. And keeping him that way isn’t as hard to do as you might think. In fact, by just keeping a few simple cat care tips in mind, you can drastically reduce your cat’s chances of suffering from some very serious, even life-threatening diseases and conditions.
Here are 5 cat care tips you should keep in mind.
Clip Your Cats Claws Regularly
Clipping your cat’s toenails can be an ordeal. To say many cats don’t care for this part of their grooming routine would be an understatement. However, the benefits outweigh the potential hassle. And the sooner you start clipping your cat’s claws, the better. In fact, if you start when your cat is a kitten, you can train them so that they are used to having their toenails clipped. And they will be less likely to flee any time they see you coming their way with a pair of clippers in your hand.
Some people are almost too afraid to clip their cat’s toenails. They worry that they will end up hurting the cat somehow. And, it’s true that accidents sometimes happen. For example, if your cat tries to jerk his paw away, you might slip and cut into the quick of a nail. But the important thing is not to panic. The damage won’t be as bad as it seems and, instead of focusing on that, focus on soothing your cat. The last thing you want is for your cat to associate claw clipping with panic and trauma.
How often should you clip your cat’s toenails? About once every two weeks should be enough.
Take Care of Your Cats Dental Care Needs
Just like us humans, cats can benefit greatly from regular dental care. But a surprising number of cat owners don’t seem to realize how important dental care is for their pet. This is a shame because a lack of dental care can lead to all sorts of problems for your cat. And, if enough plaque and tarter builds up on your cat’s teeth, you might have no alternative but to have them professionally cleaned, a procedure that can cost you a pretty penny.
Taking care of your cat’s dental needs isn’t that hard. All you have to do is give their teeth a good brushing once a week. You can do this using a very soft toothbrush. And a toothbrush made for children should be small enough to fit into your cat’s mouth.
You can find cat toothpaste at your vet’s, or a pet supply store. These toothpastes are edible, and won’t cause your cat any harm if they swallow it.
Give Your Cat Regular Flea Treatments
Anyone who has ever owned a pet has probably had to deal with fleas. They are annoying little critters that can infest your entire house. And being bitten by fleas is never pleasant.
On top of being annoying, fleas can cause our feline friends all sorts of health problems. Kittens that are bitten by fleas often end up with tapeworms. And the blood loss caused by a severe flea infestation can be so bad that your cat will suffer from anemia. And, as bad as this can be for an adult cat, it can be downright fatal for kittens.
This is why it’s so important to give your cat regular flea treatments. By applying a topical flea control product to your cat once a month, you can prevent a serious flea invasion from taking over your house. Not to mention saving your cat from the health problems fleas can cause.
Set Up a Litter Box Cleaning Routine
Litter box avoidance can be a serious problem. In fact, it’s responsible for many of the cats that end up getting dropped off at animal shelters. But it’s a problem that can be easily prevented.
Do you like having to use a dirty, smelly bathroom? Well the same goes for your cat. In fact, they hate the thought of using a nasty litter box so much that they will avoid it entirely. Even if it means doing their business on your brand new carpet instead.
Some cats won’t even go far from their dirty litter box to do their business. This indicates that they want to do their thing in their litter box, but they just can’t bring themselves to set foot in that…filth.
So regular litter box maintenance is crucial. And how often you will have to clean a litter box will depend on the type of litter you choose to use. If you use non-clumping litter, you might have to clean the box every week or so. With clumping litter, you might only have to clean the litter box about once a month.
Consider Spaying or Neutering
Many people are surprisingly squeamish when the subject of spaying or neutering their pet comes up. Some people feel downright guilty about it. But the fact is that spaying or neutering your cat can have all sorts of benefits.
Female cats that aren’t spayed are more likely to meow excessively, usually when they are in heat. Yowling episodes can be pretty loud and disruptive, and can last for weeks at a time.
Female cats that aren’t spayed are also more prone to suffering from ovarian cysts and uterine cancer. Not to mention unwanted pregnancies. Every year, millions of unwanted cats are surrendered to animal shelters, and most of them end up being destroyed.
Unneutered male cats are at greater risk of suffering from prostate problems, testicular cancer, and feline AIDS. They also tend to be louder and more aggressive. And they aren’t as careful about keeping themselves groomed as neutered cats are. Neutered male cats, on the other hand, are quieter, gentler, more affectionate, and more meticulous about personal hygiene.
As a cat owner, keeping your cat healthy should be your first priority. And, if you keep these cat care tips in mind, you will be able to do just that.