Cat Owners Tips

Owning a Cat can be alot harder than you think but here at petparlor we want to help you prepare. So we have got together and built you this list to help you look after your pet cat.

  • Cats like to get into all sorts of small spaces. If they are wearing a collar this can pose a safety risk, in the event that your cat gets stuck. A breakaway collar will let go if it is pulled on too tightly. This can help to save a couple of your cats nine lives.
  • Make sure to keep your cat's litter box clean at all times. Most cats do not like to use a dirty litter box, much like you would not want to use a dirty toilet. Scoop it at least once a day. Empty and give it a good cleaning once a week or more if needed.
  • Keep your cat occupied by making your own dangly toys. Using soft cotton rope, cut a length of about two feet. Tie a knot at one end. Tie another knot about three inches from the opposite end. Unravel the rope below this knot. Attach the rope to the back of a kitchen chair for your cat to play.
  • Make a free toy for your cat by placing a little dry rice or a few dry beans inside an empty pill bottle. Close the lid and roll the rattly toy across the floor. Most cats can't resist the sound and motion. You can also tie a length of twine around the neck of the bottle to make a pull toy or a dangly toy.
  • Keep a clean litter box. Like you, a cat will generally not use a bathroom that is filthy. Find a quiet area out of the way that the box can stay in, and don't move it unless absolutely necessary. Scoop solids out a couple time of day. Make sure to dump the whole box, wash it with a gentle detergent, and refill it once a week.
  • Choose a high quality food. The key to a healthy cat starts with nutrition. Take a look at the ingredients label. If you look at most "popular" commercial cat foods, you may be surprised to see the top ingredient listed is corn. Cats are carnivores, so look for a food with a real meat as the top ingredient. You may pay more up front, but these foods are often more nutritionally dense, meaning your cat eats less and the bag lasts longer.
  • Make sure your cat sees a vet regularly to maintain their good health. They should go in for a routine check-up at least once a year, possibly more if they need important shots. Cats should go to a vet immediately if they have any conditions, health problems, or injuries that need to be tended to right away.
  • If your cat goes outside, it is important to have a collar with a tag. Cats can travel far, and a tag will help you find the cat easier if they get lost. Make sure at a minimum to put your pet's name and your phone number on the tag.
  • Create a warm bed for an outdoor or feral cat by lining a banana box with a thick layer of newspaper. Cut a piece of Mylar to fit the bottom of the box. Put another layer of newspaper on top. Add a warm blanket. Place the whole box inside a dog house or under a porch where it can't get wet.