You may have trained dogs in the past, but nothing can prepare you for raising your new feline friend. Cats are nothing like dogs. They require more attention during their growing years and more personal time playing with their owner. This following information will highlight some of the main differences between the two.
Keep your cat properly groomed. Cats should have regular combings. If you do this quite often, it will help them stay clean. It helps your cats shed much less too, which keeps them from spitting those hairballs up. A well-groomed feline looks great on their own, but also helps keep a home well-groomed too.
Don’t use dog products for your cat. Cats often have negative reactions to dog products. This is particularly true when it comes to flea treatments. Flea products that are intended for a dog can kill a cat. Keep them separated by at least one door for a few hours after treatment.
Avoid eye contact to make friends with a cat. Ever wonder why cats seem drawn to the person who likes cats the least? The answer lies in cat body language. To cats, staring is “rude” and can be considered a challenge. Looking away shows that you respect their space and are not going to be a threat. So next time you are looking to meet a new feline friend, look away and let them approach you.
Save your furniture with scratching posts and pads. It is natural for cats to want to stretch their claws out and scratch. This does not mean that a cat owner must have damaged furniture. Provide your cat with places that it is okay to scratch and redirect them there if they decide to try out your sofa. Cat scratching posts come in many shapes and materials and some cats prefer a particular type so it may take some trial and error before you find the right combination for your kitty.
Make sure your cat is out of harms way by putting a little bitter apple on all the electrical cords to avoid them getting shocked. Cats who love to chew need to be kept away from cords. An inexpensive way to hide electrical cords is to thread them through used paper towel rolls. Whenever you aren’t using any thin, electronic cords, you should store them away.
Protect your cat from choking. Be sure to dispose of poultry and fish bones safely. Wrap them in a paper or plastic bag and put them in your outdoor garbage can with the lid tightly secured. Alternately, place them in a plastic bag and freeze them until garbage pick up day.
While both animals are great to have and can peacefully exist with one another under one roof, don’t take adopting a new kitten too lightly. Plan ahead and have enough resources in reserve like cat food and such. If you are going to train your cat indoors, don’t forget to buy extra litter for the first few months because they can get messy.