You can be a cat-owner. It takes a special person to be a cat owner. It’s more than just sharing your home with a feline friend. It’s about creating an environment that meets their needs, keeping them safe, and ensuring they get to spend lots of healthy, happy years by your side. As veterinarians, clients often ask us how they can be better cat owners and what they can do to give their pets the best life possible, especially if they’ve never had cats in their lives before. We will discuss a few ways to be the best cat parent you can be. Let’s get started!
1. Establish a relationship with a good veterinarian
Even if your cat’s health is excellent, they should still be seen by a veterinarian for routine exams and vaccinations. A good relationship with your veterinarian is important in the event that your cat gets sick or sustains injury. Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations if your cat is new to the area. You can also find the right vet by word of mouth. Once you’ve chosen a vet, be sure to schedule annual wellness exams. Keeping up with preventive care is one of the best ways to be a good pet parent.
2. Keep your grooming supplies handy
Cats may be known for their hygiene meticulousness, but that doesn’t mean they are entirely self-sufficient in the grooming department. They also need the help of their owners. A good pet parent will ensure that your cat has the right grooming tools and is used regularly. Learn how to properly groom your cat, and commit to caring for your kitty’s coat and nails frequently. If keeping up with your cat’s grooming needs is a struggle (as it can be for certain long-haired breeds), be prepared to take them to a professional cat groomer. Remember that taking care of your cat’s teeth is a critical part of the grooming process, too, and good at-home care will hopefully save you money in vet bills for painful teeth issues.
3. Enjoy socializing with your cat frequently
Common misconception is that cats are antisocial and prefer to be left alone. Although some cats are more independent than others they still benefit from being with their owners. They need playtime and social interaction – especially as kittens. Young kittens need to be exposed to animals and people from all walks of life, just like puppies. This helps them to become happy, well-adjusted adulthood.
4. Maximize Vertical Space
Cats love to climb and look down from high places on their kingdoms. It gives them a sense comfort and security. In multi-cat households, felines can be elevated to establish dominance and avoid physical aggression. Cats are naturally inclined to climb, so maximising the vertical space in your house can help you keep your cat physically fit. You can increase the vertical space in your house by installing cat trees, window mounts, or wall-mounted shelves or stairs for climbing.
5. Make Scratching Posts
Like climbing, scratching is a natural behavior for cats. They scratch to protect their nails and mark their territory. And if you don’t provide an appropriate place for your cat to scratch, they will choose a spot, or several spots, to destructively scratch on their own. If you don’t want claw marks on your sofa, door frames, or curtains, buy a few scratching posts and place them around your home. You will be very grateful to your cat and furniture.
6. Clean Their Litter Box Daily
It is not something that anyone enjoys doing. If you’re a cat owner, it is essential that you clean the litter box every day. Maintaining a clean litter box is important to your cat’s health and makes them less likely to eliminate in inappropriate places. You can also prevent unpleasant odors by keeping your litter box clean. If you have a hard time keeping up with daily scooping, consider investing in an automatic litter box that does the dirty work for you. Use one type of cat litter. If your cat is using the box well, don’t switch the type or scent of the litter. Some cats are very particular about this area.
7. Give them the right food
Before you rush to grab the most striking bag of cat food on the supermarket shelf, be sure to review the ingredients. Many products are filled with filler ingredients like meat by-products and meat and bone meal. When you want to Find the right cat food. Look for one that contains real meat as the first ingredient. Talk to your vet, too, to learn more about what food(s) would best meet your cat’s unique nutritional needs.
8. Train them
Many people believe cats can’t learn to be trained. This is a misconception. It is amazing how much a cat can learn. Positive reinforcement is the key. Reward them for good behavior and not punish them for their bad behavior. They will soon realize that good behavior earns them cuddles, cuddles, and playtime. They will soon realize that being good gets them treats, cuddles, and other fun things.
9. Get them some fun toys
Even if your cat loves to lounge on the sofa all day, they will still love toys. There are many cat toys available, including catnip mice and feathered wands. You can even get automatic laser pointers to give your cat a workout if you’re too busy. You should remember that cats are finicky and may need to try several different types before you find the one your cat loves. Rotating toys keeps cats stimulated and interested.
10. Learn Their Language
No, we don’t mean learning to decode your cat’s meows. Instead, you should learn how to read feline body languages and listen to what your cat is saying. For example, if they act aggressively for no apparent reason, it could indicate that they are feeling sick or in pain. They may be stressed if they blink fast or have their ears pointed at the side. Learning to understand your cat’s body language allows you to better tend to their needs and build a stronger relationship with them. It doesn’t have to be difficult to give your furry friend the best possible life. These tips will help you become a great cat parent. If you have any questions or need to check on your cat’s health, please contact us. Give us a call. We are more than happy to assist you!
The Drake Center for Veterinary Care is an AAHA-Accredited animal hospitals located in EncinitasSince 1983, the Drake Center in Encinitas, CA has been serving the community for more than 30 years. The Drake Center loves to provide information for pet owners throughout the country. We encourage pet owners to contact their local veterinarian if they have any questions about pet care.