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There is no doubt that cats are the best choice as pets. Many households have these cute furry felines as their live-in companions. They are mischievous at times and yet their charm makes them lovely companions to have around the house. They make amazing lifelong companions for the whole family. Cats are curious, loyal and fiercely independent at the same time.
Studies show that cats can help you get over stress. Watching cat videos on the internet can boost energy as well. According to scientific research, owning a cat is said to be better for the environment too.
If you have a cat as a pet, hygiene becomes all the more important. No matter how much you love your cat, and no matter how clean the environment may be, you need to know the basics of hygiene. The fact remains that a whole lot of germs associated with cats are a cause of unpleasant illness in humans.
Cats are mainly known for their hygiene and cleanliness. Many people have a feeling that as cats are low-maintenance pets, they only require a slight brush and trim once in a while. The truth is, however, different. Your cat needs regular checking, grooming, and a moderate cleaning program. Doing these things will ensure longevity and better health of the cats as well as the people in the house.
Here are some guidelines to regularly groom your cat apart from vet care:
Your cat needs a thorough check when they hop into your lap. Check the ear, nose, mouth and eyes. If you notice any abnormalities, consult your vet immediately.
Trimming of the claws helps to get rid of the sharp points. It will protect your furniture from scratches too. Clipping your cat’s nails will also help you in interacting with your pet.
Brushing and grooming decrease the chances of tangles. Grooming also helps you to be alert about ticks, wounds, or any other skin problems. Even though cats groom themselves by licking, regular brushing can keep their coat in excellent condition.
Cats generally do not like to bath. They have in-built grooming tools in the form of their tongue and teeth. But there are times when your cat may need proper cleansing with water.
If you have more than one cat, then it is advisable to keep more than two litter boxes. Keep the litter boxes clean. Encourage good litter habits in your pets. Regular cleaning will also help you notice any changes pointing towards a health issue.
It is essential to provide your cat with a good scratching post. Scratching is a way of cats to relieve their built-up stress. A cat’s need to scratch can be satisfied if supplied with a good scratching post or scratchers.
Cats have a different veterinary requirement. Do not take your cat to the same vet as you take your dog for a checkup. A veterinary specializing in feline care will help in keeping your cat in good health and form.
Make annual visits to the vet. It will help you to keep your cat in top condition. The vet will get a chance to examine any potential feline disease in the early stage.
Reproductive diseases can affect both genders. Spaying or neutering may minimize the risk. Spaying helps prevent uterine cancers in female cats, while neutering can control prostate problems in males.
Cats are natural self cleaners, and they require fewer baths. But an occasional shower can remove dirt hidden deep inside. When bathing your disgruntled cat, place a non-skid mat under it. Your cat may otherwise slip away due to its smooth skin.
Even the most groomed cats can shed. That makes your vacuum one of the most sought after appliance in the house. How often you vacuum your carpets and furniture depends on the number of cats you have as pets. It also depends on the cat- whether it is a short or long-haired breed and whether the fabrics in your home pull their furs. The fur is a major problem if someone is allergic to cat dander. You may consider using one or more appliances to obtain maximum results of cleaning.
Never use human shampoo on your cat. Human shampoo is unsuitable for cats and may dry out their skin. When giving a water bath to your cat, use cleansing and deodorizing specially formulated cat shampoo with natural ingredients.
For cats that have dry skin, try a dry skin and conditioning cat shampoo. Depending upon the conditions of the coat, you can use a shampoo accordingly. If there are ticks or fleas, then use specifically designed disinfectant shampoos. It would be best if you did not use a shampoo on your cat that clears ticks and fleas in dogs. It may prove dangerous for the health of your cat.
With a few guidelines as to their care and hygiene, now you can have your cat and keep it too. After thousands of years of domestication, cats have learned to make half purr noise that sounds like a human baby’s cry- it becomes impossible to ignore what a cat wants when it demands like that. No wonder it has been classified as the animal with the behavior of the highest order.