Once your cat becomes a senior citizen his needs become different than they were when…
Cats want to be loved, cuddled and appreciated as much as people do. There are plenty of things you can do to make sure your cat is as happy and healthy as he can be. These are very basic things that you are probably already well aware of but a reminder never hurts. Keep reading.
Your cat needs good nutrition and he needs to always have fresh and clean water available to him. If you are new to being a cat owner then do some research to find out what the nutritional needs of your cat are. It would also be a good idea to ask your veterinarian what he can recommend in terms of a healthy diet and brands of food.
A cat’s littler box is his toilet and cats are very particular about it. Always bear in mind that cats are very clean animals that like to use a clean litter box not a dirty one. Scoop out the box at least once a day, more often if you have a cat that is very fussy. Some cats will not even use litter that is soiled. Once every month or so empty the litter when your cat is sleeping and wash the box with hot water and dish soap. Rinse it thoroughly to get rid of the entire soap residue and then dry it and pour the litter back into the box.
Whether you buy scoopable litter or not, to keep the odor in the box to a minimum add a tiny portion of baking soda to it but make sure that your shake the litter around so your cat will not get soda on his paws the next time he uses the box. Cats enjoy their privacy so place the litter box in a spot that is quiet but convenient for your cat. High traffic areas in your home are not advisable. Make sure that your cat’s litter is not anywhere near his food.
Try different types of litter until you find the one your cat likes. If he does not like one type you buy you will know it before too long. He will look at the box quizzically and get in and investigate it but then jump out quickly without using the litter. A cat is a creature of habit so stick with a brand that works and is suitable for him.
Cats do plenty of grooming on their own but you need to groom your cat on a regular basis as well. This is true regardless of whether you have a long-haired or short-haired cat companion. Brushing your cat’s coat helps to keep it healthy, as well as keeping the skin beneath healthy because it stimulates blood flow. This also decreases the amount of shedding your cat does and reduces the incidence of hairballs and matting.
Grooming your pet also helps to strengthen your relationship because it is a bonding experience. It also provides you with the opportunity to look for bumps, lumps, scratches, sores and the dreaded fleas. Most cats love to be brushed, especially around their neck areas!