Cats are amazing creatures, but they can also be a handful!
Whether you’re a new cat parent or a seasoned pro, it’s essential to make sure you’re meeting all of your feline friend’s needs. Here’s a guide to keeping your cat happy and healthy.
- Don’t string them along
First things first, playtime is a must! Cats are natural hunters, and playtime helps them channel those instincts. So, grab some toys and get ready to have a blast with your furry friend. Just make sure to keep string and yarn out of reach, as they can be a choking hazard. Swallowing the string can cause blockages in the stomach and serious digestive problems. Invest in safe toys.
- The claws are out
Now, let’s talk about those claws. Cats need to sharpen their claws, but that doesn’t mean your furniture has to suffer. Provide a designated scratch pad or post to save your sofa from becoming a scratching post. And if your cat isn’t using it, try different options – they might just be picky about their scratching surfaces!
- Privy privacy
Keep litter boxes clean and in a private area, and remember to have one more litter box than you have cats. Cats are proud creatures and value their privacy, so make sure they have a quiet, clean space to do their business without an audience.
- Handle with care
When it comes to handling your cat, remember to be gentle. Picking up an adult cat by the scruff of the neck is a big no-no. Instead, support their rump and back legs when you need to lift them. And always respect their mood – sometimes they just don’t want to be picked up, and that’s okay too.
- Keep them safe
You know what they say about curiosity and the cat…if you live in an apartment, make sure to keep windows closed or fit screens or gates over them. Cats are agile and like to test the boundaries, so keep them safe and sound.
Follow this simple guide and your furry friend will be happy and healthy. Add lots of love and attention, and your feline will reward you with affection and purrs of joy.