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Check Out These Wonder Tips About Cats In The Article Below

If you're a cat owner or you want to get a cat in the near future, you're probably wondering how you can care for it properly.
Cats make great pets but they can take a little work to take care of.

Read through this article for some solid advice, and this
will be something you can do.

Get your cat sprayed and neutered to prevent diseases and infections
that form in the reproductive system. This can also help reduce the chance for overpopulation in the country, as just one male who is not neutered can produce up to half a million offspring over the course
of his life.

If you are adding a kitten to a household that already contains a dog,
it is important to socialize the kitten to the dog at
an early age. At first, constant supervision is essential.
Let the kitten and dog spend time together while you hold the kitten,
letting them explore and get used to each other's smells.
When socialized early, cats and dogs can live happily and peacefully together.

Most veterinarians recommend that you feed your cat food that is
in the can as opposed to the dry varieties in the box or bag.

This is because the canned food contains more water, fat and
protein than the dry variety. It is also easier to consume for
cats with dental issues.

If you have more than one cat, you should have as many litter boxes as you have cats.
If too many cats have to share the same litter box, it can mean disaster!
The cats may choose not to share their eliminating space, instead, using other areas, such as clean laundry or
hidden corners of the home to do their business.

Wash your cat's bed at least once a week to remove all
of the bacteria from it. Even if the bed looks like it is clean, it will usually have toxins in it
that can cause your pet to become sick. Replace the bed every six
months to keep your cat in a sanitary environment.

Spaying or neutering your cat is a great decision. Cats are full of curiosity.

Even a happy indoor cat will attempt to get outside.

If your cat ventures outside even for a little bit, she
can get pregnant. Each year, thousands upon thousands of kitties are put to sleep because of overpopulation issues.

Do you have more than one cat? If so, then you should have more than one litter box as well.
Having one for each of your cats will give them multiple spots to go.
If the odor gets too much you can add a little
baking soda to the litter to freshen it up.

Give your pet a tag and gps collar, and be sure it always wears it.
Your cat could get out of your house even if you don't think they
will. If your pet is wearing a tag and collar,
it'll be easy for anyone who finds it outside to bring it back to you.

Consider getting your cat a scratching post. Scratching is something
that comes extremely easy to cats; it is part of their nature.
Don't force your cat to play with it. Rather,
interest him in it by spraying catnip spray on it,
or by dangling a string from the top. Soon he'll get the idea that
it's there for a reason!

Give cat box liners a try. These may not work
for everyone, but they can be helpful if they work for you.
Line the litter box with one of these liners, and then put cat litter in as usual.

If it works correctly, you should be able to gather the liner and
dispose of the litter. Unfortunately, sometimes cats
just scratch the liner to pieces as they are doing their business.

Attend cat shows for tips about your cat. A cat show only costs a few dollars to attend.
But when you attend one, you see vendors selling cat items,
and show pet owners that give their cats the best of everything.

You can get ideas for best brands to feed your cat, as
well as ideas for grooming and caring for your cat.

If you want to make a change to your cat's diet, don't do it all at once.
Gently introduce them to the change. Otherwise, your cat may be surprised
and stop eating as well. In addition, don't be
concerned if you see your cat snacking on grass. That grazing behavior is normal.

Do not try to bathe a kitten that is less than four weeks old.
It is not very easy for a young kitten to regulate the temperature of their body.

This may result in the kitten getting a chill. To be on the safe side you should wait between 12 and 16 weeks after they are born to bathe them for the first time.

If you replace an old scratching post, your cat may be unhappy with the new one.
Save money on scratching posts. Wrap your old scratching post with some sisal rope to spiff it
up. Your cat will be happy not to lose its favorite
old post. You will save a little cash.

Understand the difference between cat play and real aggression. Both activities can look the same
to an untrained eye, but there are differences. When two cats
are playing, they will bat each other around with claws retracted.
They will "bite" with their jaws loose. Real aggression will involve hisses, squeals
and hard biting.

You schedule your doctor's appointments on a regular basis and you should do the same with your new cat.
Cats need regular checkups to make sure they haven't caught any bugs or
infections in the wild. Many cats actually deal with obesity
as well and a vet will be able to point this out.

Make sure your cat is properly hydrated. Like humans, cats need to drink
lots of water. If they don't get enough water,
they can get dehydrated, develop various health problems, or
die. Make sure they always have a bowl of fresh and clean water.

The bowl itself also needs to be cleaned and refilled every day.
You should also keep this bowl in one location.

As you can see now, it's not terribly difficult to care for a cat.

You just have to be patient and everything will fall into place
for you. Take the things that you have learned here and you'll be well equipped to
deal with cats. Enjoy your feline friends and good luck!