It isn’t always easy to make a cat happy. You need to get to know your pet better and do your best to keep it happy and healthy. Fortunately, if you educate yourself, you can better care for them. This advice will assist you in giving your cat the care he or she requires.
Before acquiring a cat, be sure that you have the wherewithal to take care of all necessary vet care. Cats reproduce at an alarming rate, and spaying or neutering is essential to keeping cat population under control. Check spay, neuter and vaccination costs and packages with local vets and clinics and be sure you can afford to give your cat proper medical care.
Keep a clean litter box. Like you, a cat will generally not use a bathroom that is filthy. Find a quiet area out of the way that the box can stay in, and don’t move it unless absolutely necessary. Scoop solids out a couple time of day. Make sure to dump the whole box, wash it with a gentle detergent, and refill it once a week.
Make sure your cat has a collar and tag if outside. Cats can travel a long way and this will help you get them back easier if they’re lost. At the very least, you should include your contact info and the name of your cat on the tag.
Cats have a natural instinct to hunt small prey. This can sometimes be a problem if you have other small animals in your home. Make sure that bird cages are hanging from the ceiling. If you have a gerbil or hamster, make sure their cages are secure and up high out of your cats reach.
If your cat does not use the litter box, do not use punishments to try to discipline him. Check out the box instead and see if it has been neglected; this is often a cause of accidents. If your punish your car, he or she is just going to become scared of you.
Do not try to hold a cat when they are clearly trying to get away. This will not make the cat feel any closer to you and it may prompt them to start avoiding you in the future. Pick the cat up gently and lay him across your lap. If you feel him wiggling to get away, let him go.
When taking your cat or kitten to the vet, or to other places that involve a car ride, it is wise to socialize him to this situation. Try taking your cat, always in a carrier, on short rides, adding time to the ride every so often. Getting your pet used to the car can mean the end of his fear and frustration, as well as yours.
Your cat may always seem miffed at you, but these tips will help build your relationship. Make sure you use these tips to make your cat healthy and happy. This will lead to the possibility that your cat will be friendly with you. This is only a remote possibility though!