Caring for a cat is a lot of work, even though they make great pets. Between toys, litter, food, and vet visits, the costs of having a cat can make a person hesitant about owning one. Here are a few ways that you can still keep your cat and save money while caring for them.
Watch the amount of treats that you give your cat. Like humans, cats can easily overeat junk food. This can cause them to gain weight and may lead to some health problems like heart issues and diabetes. If you do give your cat treats, give them a small amount and make it a special thing instead of a regular routine.
Make sure your cat is always well groomed. A cat requires regularly brushing and combing. If you do this often, their coat will stay clean. It will also cut down on shedding and hairballs. A cat that is well-groomed is one that looks the best at home.
To keep your cat happy and healthy, its important to schedule regular visits to the vet. Not only are regular checkups good for catching problems early, but regular visits can insure that your cat keeps up to date on its vaccinations. If you don’t know when the last time your cat had its shots, schedule an appointment for booster shots as soon as possible.
If you cat is pregnant is with babies, you can expect to have a lot of kittens on your hands. Create a comfortable place for the cat to deliver her babies somewhere in your home. Make sure the spot is big enough for the kittens to move around as they grow.
Consider having your cat fitted with a microchip. Even indoor cats can decide to run away at a moment’s notice, escaping through an open window. Tags and collars are great, but if a cat escapes them, there’s no guaranteeing they’ll make it home safe and sound. Your name and the best way to contact you can be encoded on the chip, which is tiny. Most shelters and veterinarians can scan your pet to read the information on the chip, and the chip cannot be lost since it is beneath the skin.
Consider those expensive cat litter boxes. There are cat litter boxes now that allow you to have minimal interaction with them. This can be great for anyone who is tired of cleaning a litter box. But be careful, as they may not work as easily as they claim to. If you can, make sure there is a return policy and don’t lose the receipt. You may find you prefer the old-fashioned style!
Do not try to bathe a kitten that is less than four weeks old. It is not very easy for a young kitten to regulate the temperature of their body. This may result in the kitten getting a chill. To be on the safe side you should wait between 12 and 16 weeks after they are born to bathe them for the first time.
Cats, like all pets, can be expensive. There’s so much that you have to do for them that it’s almost like taking care of a child. Fortunately, now that you are more informed by the knowledge presented here, you can save money and enjoy a better cat.