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There’s nothing more endearing than a kitten. Many an owner has started out being seduced by two cat-saucer eyes. Only to get home and find out that being a good cat owner includes some real work – and some challenges. But all is not lost, brave cat lover. Follow our new cat trouble-shooter, and you will be basking in the love and glory of successful cat ownership in no time.
Cats & Children
Showing children how to treat your cat properly will ensure a safe, pleasant environment for your cat and is a great way to teach children responsibility too. Ensure children know how to pick up a cat. Show them acceptable ways to play with the cat (and not to tease the cat or pull on ears or tails). Remember, always watch your children around your cat.
It’s important to socialize your cat with the people and pets that frequent your home. But don’t expect every introduction to go smoothly. Other pets, in particular, may take offense to sharing their domain with a new member of the family. Plus, your affection may be seen as a precious commodity, and one which older pets may not readily wish to share.
The best time to untrain bad behaviors is the moment they start. Here are some general discipline tips for cat owners:
The best way to prevent misbehaviors from your new family member is to remove temptations. Plus it can make for a safer environment too. Here are some suggestions:
If you’re a first time cat owner, you might be surprised by your cat’s scratching tendencies. But scratching is one your cat’s strongest instincts. If your cat has claws, expect her to scratch. The trick, of course, is to convince her to scratch her scratching post, and not your furniture or curtains. Here are some tips:
If you haven’t already noticed it, your cat requires regular physical and intellectual stimulation. Plus, routine exercise promotes better health and helps prevent obesity. Help your cat get her exercise with simple games like attaching a sock to a piece of string. Start by letting her bat at it with her paw, then gradually raise the stakes and have her chase the sock around the house. Also, consider buying a cat apartment so she uses her muscles to climb and explore.
Taking a cat into your home is a big commitment, but one we’re sure you’re up to. Remember, your cat relies on you for not just shelter and sustenance, but for leadership, affection and interaction. It can be challenging for many owners, but with persistent affection, proper discipline and thoughtful health care, the rewards of a healthy, loving cat are priceless.