Cats have been with human companions for generations. They've been written about, movies, and poems. It's clear why cat's often times think they are the boss. The following article will show you take control over your cat's care.
Never give your pet any drugs that was formulated for humans. If they have health issues, take your cat to a vet. Giving cats human medications can cause serious harm.
Don't send a declawed cat outdoors. The cat won't be able to fight back if other animals and that could get it hurt or killed. Indoor cats are the only ones that should be considered for declawing. Even in the case of indoor cats, only their front claws should be removed. Don't take the back claws because they won't scratch up your furniture or floors.
Be careful if you leave a kitten with your children. Children under five years of age should not be alone with a kitten. They don't know what harm they can potentially do to kittens.As kids age, carefully consider whether a small pet is safe with them.
If your cat is of advanced age, your vet may be able to suggest a new food. The nutritional needs of cats change quite a bit as they age.Age related issues will make themselves apparent between 7-12 years. This is a good time to make a change the way your cat eats.
Think about putting a microchip for your pet. Even indoor cats that live their lives entirely indoors can suddenly escape out the door or escape out of a window. Tags and collars can help you cat return home, but cats can sometimes take these things off or they could get hung up on a tree or something. A teeny microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information.
Don't try using dog food or products on your cat. Cats are known to have negative reactions when exposed to products designed for dogs. Flea products are one of the worst products to give a cat. Your cat can die if you use dog flea product on it.
Do not swat your kitten or hit them using a kitten. This abusive behavior and will result in your cat scared of you. The most effective way to discipline a cat is to sprinkle or squirt of water on them if they are misbehaving.
Are you the owner of both a dog and dog? Dogs will eat the cat's food any time they're given the chance. This is why it's important that the cat's feeding areas. This can prevent the two from fighting over the water when the food dishes are empty.
Like most cats, your cat probably believes the universe revolves around it. However, if you use the tips provided, they will soon learn who is really in charge. One of the reasons cats are such a popular pet is because they're so rewarding, and the tips above will help you get more out of your relationship with yours.