of How to Care for Your Cat was reviewed by on April 10, 2017.
However, by giving your cat proper care you can drastically reduce your need for a veterinarian.
Cats are a finicky bunch. For many, the mere sight of a carrier or leash can inspire fits of panic. Cars and any other motorized vehicles are also decidedly evil, causing cats to behave as if you were sending them into the fiery pits of hell. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make caring for your cat while traveling a breeze. Well, a breeze might be a bit of a stretch. But you can at least minimize your feline's fear and make your own journey a bit less troublesome.
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Today, cats are living longer lives thanks to improved veterinary care, better nutrition, and a heightened awareness of pet health and safety. As your cat approaches his or her senior years, it’s a good idea to learn what to expect so you can detect potentially serious health issues, as well as make adjustments to the way you care for your cat to ensure his or her comfort throughout the aging process. Scratching on objects is a normal marking behavior for cats, and most cats can be taught to use scratching posts. Once you’ve figured out your cat’s preferred scratching materials and orientation, you’ll be better equipped to buy a suitable scratching substitute. For example, if your cat likes to , a vertical scratching post might be a good choice. A cat that likes the horizontal motion of scratching on a floor carpet may prefer a flattened cardboard box or a log placed on its side. A cat that scratches on drapes may prefer a vertical post tall enough for a long stretch, such as those that mount on a wall or door. Take your cat to the new scratching area or object that you’ve approved, and reward him or her with treats, strokes, and praise for using it. In some cases, rubbing catnip on a scratching post may prompt a reluctant cat to use it. Before choosing a new cat, do your research and think about your options. Keep in mind the personality, age, and appearance, you’re looking for as well as the kinds of pets you already have at home. If you’ve never owned a cat before, it’s also important to know what taking care of your new cat will involve in advance. If you suspect that your cat has ear mites, a visit to your veterinarian is in order. There are numerous remedies that may be used to treat ear mites, and your veterinarian will help you determine which is most appropriate for your cat. Options include Revolution and Advantage Multi for cats. These monthly topical medications are frequently used to control fleas and heartworms in cats also. Acarexx is another option and is applied directly to your cat’s ears to kill the ear mites.