Although cats make great pets, they can be expensive. Between vet bills, cat food and litter and cat toys, you may need to reconsider if you can afford a cat. The following article details how you can own a cat without breaking the bank.
Check out the shelter when adopting a cat. Shelters always have plenty of cats available and adoption fees are usually very affordable. A cat gets a new chance at life and the cat population stays in check with adoption.
If your cat is an outdoor cat, then you should ensure it wears a tag collar. A lost cat is much easier to locate if they are properly tagged. The tag should contain at least the cat’s name and your contact information.
You may want to have a microchip implanted in your cat. Indoor cats could run out your door or jump out the window. Tags and collars may be able to help you get your cat back, but cats can sometimes take these things off or they could get hung up on a tree or something. Microchips are as tiny as a piece of rice and will tell people where the cat belongs. The majority of veterinarians possess scanners that can read your chips. Because these chips are placed underneath your cat’s skin, they won’t get lost.
Cats are generally nocturnal. This means nighttime is an active time for your cat. Shut the door to your bedroom. This helps to muffle the sounds of nighttime play. This will ensure you sleep much better, without cats jumping into bed with you.
Cats can be great pets for children, but some younger children may be a bit too rough with cats. Spend time instructing your children on cat care. Show them to pick up kitty gently and the types of activities which are appropriate. Keep in mind that a cat’s bones are much more fragile than a dog’s.
Try to figure out the cause if you find your cat meowing excessively. If you have spent any significant amount of time around your cat, you will quickly find you can figure out what he wants when he cries. She could be signaling that she is hungry, or she might want to go outside. Look for the cues and you’ll be much more in tune with your pet.
You should think again before allowing your cat to go outside. The outside world is very dangerous for cats. Your cat may get fleas or something even worse than that. It could be injured via a vehicle or another animal. If the cat must go outside, set aside a small part of the backyard or front lawn as a place where they can go.
Train your cat to tolerate a pet carrier. You cannot punish a cat the same way you would a dog. Most of the time, it is better to use positive reinforcement. Leave the door to a carrier open at all times, and make the interior enticing with a beloved toy and blanket. Your cat will start to venture into their carrier more often, until they are completely comfortable with it. As the cat becomes used to being in the carrier, it will become easier to transport them in it.
Caring for your cat is fun but it can also be a lot of work. The care they need is similar to that of children. As you now know, you can curtail the expenses of having cats while you still get to enjoy giving them good care.