Cat Care Basics Everyone Should Know
Cats are magnificent and wonderfully unique pets. This means that they come with a unique set of wants and needs. Use these tips as a starting point to make sure you’re adding value to your kitty’s life.
Water, Water, Water!
Make sure your kitty has fresh water every day. Some cats don’t like to drink from water bowl and may prefer your fresh glass of water. I started to pour my cat a cup when I get my own on top of changing their water bowl every day. I then realized that she really just did not like to drink the water that was on the same table as their kibble. It also may be what material the dish is that prevents your cat from using it. Some cats prefer something like ceramic. Many people use pet water fountains as well, found online and in pet stores, to give their kitties a supply of running water to drink from, or even the tub or sink if they’re really desperate! Regardless of your choice of drink vessel, be sure to replace the water every single day!
Clean that Litter Box (A LOT!)
Keeping a clean litter box helps on many levels. Cleaning your box at least once a day can help with not only the cat’s mental well-being but making sure they’re physically okay too. When the litter box is clean and you know who uses which box typically you can go to the vet when you spot anything unusual in their urine or feces. Also, it is recommended to have 1 litter box per cat plus 1 extra.
Neuter and spay away!
There are many medical and behavioral benefits to spaying and neutering your cat, from living longer to avoiding certain cancers and prostate problems. Cats can be spayed or neutered as young as 8 weeks old and should typically be spayed before 5 months of age if possible. Go to https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/spayneuter-your-pet to find out more about the importance of spaying and neutering your cat. They also give information about how to help your cat before and after this surgery.
Play, play, play!
Cats can be quite independent and solitary, but pet cats, especially indoor only cats, are in need of help when it comes to staying healthy through exercise. Playing with your cat regularly and setting up activities or games that also keep them active is so important for their health. We have an article on indoor games for your cat. Be sure to check that out for inspiration! https://www.chicagolandcatsitters.com/single-post/indoor-games-for-your-cat
These are some of the top tips for making sure your kitty is happy and healthy. If you think you are ready to adopt a cat after reading this be sure to check out our article on what to have ready when adopting a cat here https://www.chicagolandcatsitters.com/single-post/what-you-need-to-bring-a-kitten-home-for-christmas.