Caring for my cats always seemed a bit easier than caring for my dogs. Cats may be easier to care for, but they do present some challenges.
No Big Changes Please: So, you found a new food you think is a healthier choice for kitty, or your veterinarian has recommended a new food that will treat what ails your feline. Most kitties will turn up their cute little noses to the new food. Just mix a tidbit of the new food into the old, and increase the size of the new-food tidbits mixed with the old food each day to finally have the new food in place.
Increase the Number: It is a chore cleaning a stinky litter box. A stinky, dirty litter box is one most kitty cats do not want to step foot in. Have more than one litter box for kitty in the house so that at least the boxes may not fill up as quickly the way only one litter box does.
Give Her a Good Time: Kitty cats do love to chase light that bounces off the walls. If you hang a few crystals in your window, the light-chasing will begin.
Cold Weather Check: Kitty cats who are allowed to be out and about in their neighborhoods, like to snuggle up on the engine of cars to get a bit of warmth. Check under your hood during the cold months to avoid injuring a cat who has sought refuge under it.
Beware the Plants: A dirty, too-full-of-yuck litter box will have most cats using the planters containing your live household plants as a repository for waste.
Heartworms Can Attack Cats Too: Cats rarely receive preventive medications to keep heartworms away due to the rarity of heartworms in cats. However, cats can be infected by heartworms if they are out and about late in the late day and evening hours when mosquitoes are most abundant.
Keep Em Low for Kittens: Kittens have short little legs. No way can they climb the high sides of a regular litter box. Find a plastic container with low sides for those little kitten legs.
Out and About Cats: Prepare for injuries. Clean any and all wounds with soap and water due to the fights that are common between outdoor cats.
I Am Out of Here: You love you new house, but your cat does not. Most cats in new digs will beat it out of there any chance they get. Keep you cat indoors the first few months in the new home, or she will try and make her way back to the old one.
Those Sharp Claws and Teeth: Your cat will sink its claws and teeth into your tender flesh if he is frightened, anxious, or a bit angry about something. Do not pull your hand away from his grasp because his fangs or his sharp claws will sink even deeper into you. Slowly relax your hand so that kitty will loosen his grip. After you are free, then, a bit of verbal scolding is in order for kitty.