Cats are the most popular pets in the United States, with about 90 million living here. Cats can be a joy to have around, but they also require some extra care and attention from cat parents that dogs may not need. It’s important that cat owners take the time to learn about their furry friends. As a responsible cat holder, there are some things that you should know and do for your pet.
What does it mean to be a liable cat holder? It means making sure your new cat food is in the bowl, and water, and has somewhere to sleep. Plus there are cat toys available in the room.
Get creative when it comes to food and water bowls. If you have dogs, you should be aware that they occasionally prefer to eat the cat’s food. Consider utilizing a window-mounted feeding bowl for your cat. You may keep it up high, out of reach of your dog. Cats tend to consume less water than they require.
This article should be helpful for new cat parents. It will cover all the basics of how to be a liable cat owner, and we will go over how to make sure your cat is happy and healthy so you can enjoy their company every day.
Microchipping, identification, and registration
Microchipping your cat is a very important thing to do as soon as they come home with you. This will help in case he ever gets lost and needs to be found by animal control or the pound. It’s likely that the first place an officer would look for identification on him is his collar, so make sure it has some form of identification on it as well, such as your name and phone number.
You can also register him with a national pet registry database. This will help if he ever gets lost while you’re out of town and someone finds him.
One of the most important things you can do as an accountable cat holder is to have your cat spayed or neutered. With pet insurance, you can ensure that your pet receives the care it requires, regardless of the cost. This will help reduce the number of cats that are euthanized every year in shelters, and it will also help keep your cat healthy.
It’s a common misconception that desexing makes cats fat, but this isn’t true. Desexing actually helps them stay lean and healthy.
Feeding Your Cat
It’s important that you feed your cat the right food in the right amounts. There are many different types of food available for cats, so make sure to get one that is specifically made for them. You should also be aware of how much to feed them; consult with your veterinarian for the cat’s food if you’re not sure.
A general rule is to give them around two cups per day, split between two meals. If they start packing on the pounds, adjust their diet, or cut back on their food a bit.
Watering Your Cat
Just like with food, you need to make sure your kitten has access to clean water at all times. This means filling up their water bowl regularly and keeping it fresh. Some cats may prefer running water, so consider getting them a pet fountain. It’s also important that you keep an eye on their water intake; if they’re not drinking enough, it could be a sign of a health problem. Contact your veterinarian if this is the case.
Sleeping Arrangements for Your Cat
Cats like having their own space to curl up in and sleep, so providing them with a designated spot in your home is key. You can either buy or make them a bed specifically for cats. You should also be sure to provide them with a warm place for the colder months. If they don’t have somewhere comfortable, it’s likely that they’ll sleep on your bed or other places you’d prefer them not to.
Make Sure Your Cat Isn’t Getting into Trouble When You’re Away from Home (And Reward Good Behavior)
You can train cats much in the same way as dogs – using positive reinforcement and treats. When you see him doing something right, give him praise and maybe even some kitty treats. This will encourage him to continue being well-behaved while you’re gone.
If he gets up to no good while nobody is watching, try catching his misbehaviour on camera so you know what time of day he tends to act up the most. You can then use this information to put him in a different room or keep him out of specific areas when you’re not home.
Bring Your Cat to the Veterinarian for Regular Checkups
Just like with dogs, it’s important that you keep an eye on cat’s health and, bring your cat in for regular checkups at the veterinarian. This will help ensure they’re healthy and getting all the necessary vaccinations and treatments.
Make sure to stick to the schedule recommended by your vet – usually once or twice a year. And don’t forget about dental care. Regular brushing (or using a pet toothbrush) is key in preventing periodontal disease in a cat’s teeth.
Clear Your House of Potential Hazards
If you have a house full of breakables, it’s important to keep track of where your cats are at all times. You also need to make sure that they can’t get up on or near any surfaces with sharp edges or things that could fall and hurt them – this includes countertops and tables with lamps sitting precariously close by.
Also, be careful about toxic plants. If you’re not sure if something is poisonous, don’t take chances; err on the side of caution and remove it from their reach just in case.
Keeping an Eye Out for Potential Predators (And Protecting Yourself)
Cats will often venture outside into areas where there may be other animals who pose harm to them as well as potential threats to you. Make sure to keep an eye out for things like coyotes, raccoons, and other predators when your cat is outside.
If you see anything suspicious, make loud noises, or try spraying the animal with a hose to scare it off. And remember, always use caution when approaching a feral cat – they may look friendly but could actually be quite dangerous.
Provide Treats, Toys, and Other Stimulation
Just like with dogs, cats need plenty of toys and things to keep them stimulated. This will help ward off boredom and prevent them from getting into trouble. Rotate their toys every so often to keep them interested; you can also buy interactive toys that require your participation to work properly. This will also help you to keep your cat indoors.
Make your new cat’s indoor habitat appealing. Install cat condos and cat trees so your cat can climb. Open the blinds and install window perches to provide your cat with some “cat TV” to view outdoors.
You should also provide a few treats here and there (but not too many or they’ll start packing on the pounds) and offer up some scratch posts for them to scratch away at. All of these things will help make sure your cat stays happy and healthy.
Brush and Bathe Your Cat
Just like with dogs, the more you brush your cat’s fur, the fewer hairballs they’ll have. You should brush your cat regularly. Most cats like it, and combing their fur regularly helps prevent matting, which can lead to skin diseases, and cat allergies. Long-haired cats need a regular bath. In addition to this, brushing will help them relax and reduce stress levels.
You should also be sure to clean their ears out once or twice a month using an ear cleaner (after consulting with a veterinarian) as well as keeping up on dental care by cleaning their teeth at least once every two weeks – just use a soft-bristled toothbrush for cats that have been specifically designed for pets.
Give Your Cat Love and Attention
Last but not least, cats need plenty of love and attention in order to be happy. Spend time playing with them, petting them, and just generally spending time with them, this is healthy for both you and your pet. This will make sure they know you’re there for them – no matter what.
Slowly introduce your cat to other pets. When you bring a new cat home, gradually expose her to your existing pets, such as your dog. Keep your new cat in its own room and feed your pets on opposite sides of a closed door.
And that’s everything you need to know about being a liable cat owner. Follow these tips and your feline friend will be healthy and well-behaved for years to come.
Remember to always provide fresh water and food, clean their litter box regularly, and take them to the veterinarian for checkups at least once or twice a year. And lastly, give your kitty lots of love and attention; they’ll definitely appreciate it.
Cats are great pets to have, but they require a lot of care and attention. This article has some tips on how you can be the best cat owner possible. With the information provided, you should now be able to better take care of your cat’s health. Remember that there are many ways to help enrich your feline friend’s life and keep them healthy.
Your cat will be grateful for your efforts. If you’ve followed these guidelines, then it’s time to celebrate. You have now become a responsible and loving pet owner that takes care of your furry friend. Cats are very sensitive creatures so they won’t need much extra attention from you in the future because they’ll know how well taken care of they are.
They can sense when something is off or wrong with their environment, so if there are any changes in your lifestyle or routines, make sure to let them know what has happened before making those adjustments. When all else fails (and it does happen), remember this guide as a starting point for raising an awesome feline companion who loves you unconditionally right back.