Cat: Fun and Games
Article and picture obtained by www.aspca.org website
A twitch of tail, a blur of fur, a bounce and a pounce and a bite ... The hunter stalks her prey, drops it to the floor and walks off. Looks like one of your sweat socks has just fallen victim to your lean, not-so-mean kitty machine! To keep your cat happy, she'll need lots of exercise and fun games. Try to spend 10 to 15 minutes, twice a day, playing with your cat. Cats love to hide, stalk and zoom through the room. Interactive cat toys and catnip mice are great - but avoid toys with small parts that your pet could accidentally eat.
The best (and cheapest) cat toy of all time? A cardboard box! An empty cardboard tube can be fascinating for felines, too - will something come out of that tunnel ... or not?
Did you know that your cat has her own personal hairdresser - you! Brush her at least once a week. If she's got long hair, you'll need to brush her more often. She may enjoy the attention so much that this is one appointment she'll never want to miss! Your grooming session with your cat is a great time to check under her fur for lumps, bumps, scabs and flea dirt, which looks like tiny specks of black pepper.
String isn't the thing for your cat! String and yarn, if ingested, can wrap around your cat's intestines and make her sick.
Not all cats like to be picked up. Your kitty loves when you pet her, and may sit on your lap. She'll let you know when she wants petting time!
For the most part, cats are territorial and aren't always thrilled when other animals get too close to their turf. And P.S., it's so not true that cats and dogs hate each other. If introduced when they're young, some cat and dogs can be great pals!
Doctor's orders: Get your pet set at the veterinarian for a yearly checkup. Your vet can help you decide what vaccinations your pet needs. In some states, cats must be vaccinated against rabies. Check with your vet about local regulations.
Your cat should be spayed, if she's female, or neutered, if he's a male. After the operation, the animal can't have babies. This operation also prevents cats from getting certain diseases when they're older.
Kitty's claws keep growing all the time! If you clip your cat's nails regularly, you'll minimize any damage to furniture (and your hands) should she accidentally scratch. Your veterinarian can show you the proper way to trim a cat's nails, but it's always a good idea to have an adult supervise.