How To Care For Cats
Need to know how to care for cats? There's more to caring for cats than filling up the water and food bowls, cleaning out their litter box, and petting them. When caring for cats you need to keep an eye on their actions to see if they may be sick, pay close attention to the amount of food the cats are eating, and make sure the cats have a place to scratch their claws, among other things. There are actually quite a few things to take into consideration when you are caring for cats.
- Watch how much food you give cats. Younger cats will need more food because their bodies are growing. When your cats start to approach one year of age, you should scale them back to one or two servings per day. But while your cats are young, try out different kinds of food to see what your cats like and don't like. Also, you should leave a bowl of hard food out at all times, as hard food will help keep cats' teeth clean. When your cats approach one year of age, you should not feed them more than once or twice per day. Also, monitor their weight. Just like obesity is bad for people, it is also not healthy for cats. While you may think constantly feeding your cats when they beg for food is the best way to care for cats, it is not.
- Keep an eye on the litter box. Immediately after you get your cats, place them in the litter box every couple of hours until they use the litter box on their own. If your cats go to the bathroom outside of the litter box, scoop up the feces, place it in the litter box, and then place the cats in the litter box. If your cats continues to boycott the litter box, it could be for any number of reasons. Tthe litter box may not be clean enough for your cats, you may have multiple cats, and not enough boxes to accommodate them, your cats may not like that particular litter, your cats may have a urinary tract infection, or your cats may associate the litter box with being punished. Either way, if your cats refuse to use the litter box for an extended period of time, the best way to care for cats is to call the veterinarian if the problem persists.
- Schedule a veterinarian appointment at least once a year. To properly care for cats, you will need to take them to the vet at least once a year to make sure your cats are up to date on all of their shots and for general checkups.
- Get a few scratching posts. You should have a few scratching posts located in your house so that your cats can trim their claws. Scratching posts are essential to caring for cats. Ideally, these scratching posts should be catnip scented so your cats will be more inclined to sharpen their claws on a scratching post instead of your new couch. Getting your cats de-clawed is also an option, but The Humane Society recommends this as a last resort, as the process puts the cats in great pain.
- Meowing is normal. However, if your cat is meowing constantly, you should take it to the vet. This is a signal you cannot ignore if you are caring for cats.
- Cats can be aggressive. If you have multiple cats under one roof, there are going to be times when they don't get along. Do not interrupt any confrontations, and let the cats work it out on their own. Work to find out if there is a certain situation that causes the cats to fight, and try to avoid that situation. Some cats may only feel comfortable around their owners, and may hide when strangers come over, while other cats may be aggressive. If you are expecting company and your cat does not handle company well, it may be best to put it in a room with food and water while the event is going on.