Today’s guest post comes from Roxana Oliver.
Raising a cat is in a way similar to raising a child. Unfortunately, people tend to think that their only mission was to acquire a cat and everything else will turn out ok, without them interfering. It’s not all about taking care that your kitty isn’t hungry and that it’s clean, there are many other tasks you’ll have to accomplish daily in order to keep your cat satisfied and make yourself happy and proud cat owner. To achieve those results, first it’s necessary that you accept that your kitty has similar basic needs as you. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it might look. Just follow the advices below, and it will be a piece of cake.
Health care: A healthy cat is a happy cat
As a proud cat owner, you want to provide your pet all the love and care that she or he deserves. One of the important steps in doing so is brushing your cat’s hair daily, which can help in removing loose hair. As with humans, with cats also, what may influence their health, for good or for bad, is diet. The main meal of the day for your fluffy pet should be meat, as it is the very foundation of cats’ diet. Avoid feeding your cat with dry food which contains big amounts of carbs, because it can cause diabetes and obesity.
If you have a dog in your household, don’t try to make your job easier by giving them the same food. As tempting and time-saving that might appear, you should know that dog food isn’t good for cats, because a cat’s system can’t tolerate carbs the same way a dog’s can. But don’t be confused with brands that you usually associate with dog food because there’s a lot of those brands, for example, Royal Canin that has great cat food. Cats don’t feel the thirst strive as much as dogs, but just in case, make sure your kitty has access to fresh water so that she helps herself when she feels the need. Spaying or neutering your cat is a general practice to improve its behavior, and it has positive effect on cat’s health. Cats are real sleeping beauties considering they spend up to 16 hours a day in a dreamland. Place where your kitty sleeps is very important, so you should make it warm and comfortable. It’s your duty as a responsible cat owner to provide your pet with a comfortable and clean habitat.
Behavior: A well raised cat means a proud owner
Your cat’s manners are your responsibility, so if they are bad, you should do your best to correct them. As with a child, you shouldn’t let your kitty do whatever she wants. Though it might seem adorable when a little kitty is trying to climb up to the bed, it will not be as cute when the big cat succeeds in that intention. Cats understand voice intonations, so a firmly said “No” will go a long way. You can also “punish” your kitty by ignoring her (as hard as that might be), when she does something that she knows it’s forbidden. Cat will notice that lack of the attention. It’s important that you influence your cat’s behavior in early age, because later on it’s difficult to change it. Don’t let your kitten bite you hard, what can start with scratching and biting during play time, it can end as a bad habit that your cat will demonstrate even in front of guests.
Never use physical force when trying to teach your kitty her manners. A simple ignoring or raising your voice should be enough. Intimidating or physically attacking your cat may result only with a fearful, neurotic and even aggressive pet. Remember that cats have no idea of value and cost of the things they might break or scratch. Try to be less annoyed, when something like that happens, after all that comes in the package of having a pet. Don’t focus only on bad behavior, but also reward the good one. If your kitten is growing surrounded with love, care, and patience it will most likely grow up into a healthy and well-behaved cat.
This article was brought to you by Roxana Oliver, we hope you are looking forward to more of her guest posts in the future! 🙂
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