There are many does and don't when you have cat or for that matter any pet. Cats have not one similarity to dogs and they tend to show a little more attitude (or personality). Cats can be trained and we just need to know how to do so. There are a couple of cat owner tips that most cat owners don't know and i will share them with you.
MUST HAVE CAT OWNER TIPS:
Use Pet Foods, Not Human Foods
Don't make the mistake of trying to feed kittens any type of Human infant cereal. Most human infant cereals are "grain" based, and in the wild, Kittens are weaned on raw meat (ie, the mothers will bring fresh kills back to the nest for the kittens.) So, kittens really don't quite know what to do with that mush that smells all wrong. NO, I don't suggest you try feeding the kittens raw meat, my point is that cats are carnivores and their food should be meat based, not grain based. So do feed your kitten's healthy cat food instead.
Neutering Your Male Cat
You will be surprised on how many people actually refuse to have there male cats neutered for various reasons, but soon they will change there mind and that mostly because it calms your cat. It is preferable to have your male cat neutered at about their 6th or 7th month of life; it is not too late to have your adult male cat altered. Behaviors like fighting, urine spraying and roaming will be dramatically reduced. Neutering must be done only by a veterinarian, and requires general anesthesia. Post-op care involves monitoring, keeping the incisions clean and dry, and keeping your male cat inside. The incisions heal within three to five days. Check with your vet for more details.
Find a Top Notch Vet for Declawing
I can't lie: there is a lot of negative press detailing the horrors of declawing your cat. I know that some of that press stems from bad experiences with less than qualified persons performing the surgery. Some of the bad press is from animal rights activists. Regardless of your political views on this topic, you should make certain you have an experienced and reputable vet. In my personal opinion I recommend not declawing you cat. If you worried about him scratching up your furniture or your expensive drapes you can have him trained. If you going to do it don't accept second best with your own health or the health of your children; don't settle for second best with the quality of your vet. Ask questions.
Poisonous House plants
Beware of the plants that you have in your home they can become very bad health problems for your cat. Cats tend to like to lick or chew on house plants and not all house plants okay to chew on. The Berries on Mistletoe are poisonous to cats and humans. Other dangerous plants to cats include: dieffenbachia, poinsettia, English ivy, crocus, lily's, and others.
Low Cost Medical Advice
And the last cat owner tip that I have is if your cat happens to get sick or injured and needs veterinarian cat care, but your budget is not going to allow for an really expensive vet. Call your local animal shelter/dog pound, humane society, ASPCA, or rescue organization. They have lists of low cost vets in your area, and can even help pay for vet bills in some cases.
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