Make sure to feed your cat the right type of food, at the right times, and
the right amount. Feed your cat at the same time you eat-so he/she won’t be begging you for crumbs.
Don’t feed huge amounts-just a small bowl will do. If your cat isn’t eating well, it may be a disease. Check with your local vet. If your cat is overweight, never, ever drastically drop the food amount-it is not at all good for cats to lose too much weight very quickly.
Instead, try going to your vet and buying a special type of food which is
high in protein, low in fat, and low in carbohydrate. Try not to feed your
cat your food; it’ll become a habit. Give your cat water daily. Don’t feed
your cat milk; cats can’t digest it.
Keep at least one litter box per cat. Keep boxes clean at all times. Some
cat prefer uncovered boxes. Experiment with different types of cat litter,
most cats prefer a natural wood-based litter.
Many cats dislike the hard texture and perfume and dust of clay-based litters.Provide your cat with a scratching post or a tree they can climb, cats will naturally want to scratch, it’s a behavior from when they were wild that allowed them to mark their territory.
Providing acceptable places they are allowed to scratch will save your belongings from cat claw damage.
Cats love tall places, so a big, sturdy cat tree will not only provide a place to scratch, but will allow her to climb and enjoy a bird’s eye view of her surroundings.
Help your cat get exercise. Some cats, if left to their own devices, will
just sit around the house not doing much of anything. Be your cat’s
personal trainer! Toys are a great incentive to get your cat moving.
Try tossing small toys for them to hit and chase. Fishing pole style toys or pocket flashlights let you give your cat a workout even when you’re worn out.
Let your cat be a cat. Like it or not, you cat is going to do certain cat
things that may bug you. Your best option is to give your cat a positive
outlet for these behaviors.
If you cat scratches your furniture, make sure he or she has a great scratching post to use instead. Your cat loves getting on the china shelf to look out the window?
Move the china and put in some window side cat furniture. The cat uses the spot behind the chair as a bathroom? Put a litter box there and keep it clean. (You may also want to visit the vet to rule out an underlying medical problem.)
You want to give your potential cat an even playing field, don’t you? That
is best done by first, ridding your home of as many other allergens as
possible, such as mites, dust, and mold. Most airborne allergens (including cat dander) cling to soft material, such as curtains, drapes, fabric-covered furniture, rugs, and carpeting.
Substitute blinds for window coverings. If you rent, and can’t get permission to switch them, keep the curtains washed and use a hand vacuum on the drapes.
If you can afford it, replaced overstuffed furniture with leather or Naugahyde sofas and chairs. Consider replacing wall-to-wall carpeting with wood or tile floors.
Otherwise, thoroughly vacuum your carpeting on a regular basis. Get rid of decorative scented candles, potpourri, and plug-in air fresheners. All of these are notorious for exacerbating allergy symptoms.
Think very carefully before deciding to let your cat go outdoors. Contrary
to popular belief, cats are not always naturally able to find their way home and even a cat that usually knows its way around can become
disoriented if badly frightened.
Other risks connected with letting your cat roam outdoors are parasites,
serious or fatal illnesses or injuries from other cats or other animals, fights with other animals that can result in serious injury or death, or
theft of your cat.
Your neighbors may not appreciate having your cat use their yard as a
litter box or chasing and killing the birds at their bird baths and feeder.
If you feel you must give your cat access to the outdoors, consider giving it run of a fenced in yard or walking it on a harness and leash. (It is possible.)