If you are a cat owner, there are many common sense rules to follow when caring for your cat. These rules are simple and will ensure your cat will be healthy and happy.
1. Food and water
Your cat should always have a supply of fresh food and water. You can use a heavy ceramic bowl to prevent the cat from pushing it or tipping them over. The water bowl should be changed daily and food should be added to maintain a good supply.
2. Litter Boxes
If you are using a cat box it should be cleaned daily. Clumping cat litter makes this easy. Simply scoop out the clumps and you’re done. Put the litter box in a place where the cat will not be disturbed.
3. Sleeping Places
A cat always needs a quiet, out of the way place to sleep the day away. A bed near a heater or furnace vent is ideal. If you have small children make sure they can’t disturb your cat when it sleeps
4. Scratching Posts
Any cat is going to have the urge to scratch. The question is where is it going to do it? Best to have a scratching post that is safe and secure. Play with your cat on the post so it gets used to being allowed to scratch there. Rubbing a bit of cat nip on the scratching post will encourage your cat to scratch.
5. Care for eyes and ears
When cats get a buildup of discharge around the eye simply clean it with a damp cloth. A small amount of discharge is normal for a healthy cat but if there are excessive amount then consult a vet. Regularly check your cat’s ears for dirt or ear mites. Any dirt can be removed with a damp Q-tip. If you spot small brown clumps of discharge you should consult your vet. This is a sign of ear mites.