Cats have a high degree of intelligence. They have the ability to acquire and remember information and the capability to use it to solve different problem. When you put a cat in a room, she will inspect every corner of that room to gather information. This search will provide valuable information about the environment and can save her life if she needs it.
Well, dogs as objects of our love and affection influence our lifestyle. Once a dog enters your life, you will have to modify your routine to include this special creature. They have to be exercised and you may find yourself taking walks that you might not otherwise take.
Fish of all kinds make great pets. The little golden fish alone in his bowl can add a touch of color. But even better, there are now huge aquariums, that can be mounted on the walls or even enclosed in them that can contain lots of colored fish, sand, lights, little stones and aquatic vegetation. The huge aquariums are now found in many homes of fish lovers.
The list of exotic pets that people try to keep is quite long and has a lot of variety. It includes cheetahs, chinchillas, ferrets, chameleons, alligators or crocodiles, snacks, spiders, raccoons and all kinds of birds. They each bring with them a special set of needs. They must be taken care of each in a very special way including very special diets.
Be sure to keep your pet bird clean, so that he stays nice and healthy. Be sure to keep his cage clean after you select the best spot for it. Do not put it in direct sunlight so that it will not be in a place that gets too hot or too cold and has no drafts. Clean the cage on a regular basis because birds can be messy.
Have you ever watched your cat play with a toy? They really get into it. It is so much fun to watch them play that you can spend hours doing it laughing the whole time.
Did you know that buying toys for cats is like buying toys for children? You have to make sure that they are age appropriate? Cats are like children they go through stages and sometimes need age appropriate toys and can get bored very easily. Some suggestions for toys include the cat towers, stuffed mice, small amounts of catnip, stuffed animals, ribbons, and plastic balls.
From an early age, kittens learn to pick up things in their mouths. It is an instinct, just like using their claws. When a cat plays, they like to grab and bit their toys. Let us look at the toys listed above. A cat tower is a great way to teach you cat where it is appropriate to climb. It will keep them off the blinds or curtains while giving them hours of fun. There are many styles of cat towers from the two story towers to the ones rising to the ceiling. The more levels they have the more fun and enjoyment they will receive out of a cat tower. A cat will use the tower for play as well as sleep.
They like to bat at ropes and other items dangling off the tower as well as going through little tunnels up to the next level. If you have two cats you will have fun watching them give chase to the top often trying to knock the other off. A cat tower can be practical because they will scratch at it rather than your couch.
Stuffed mice are also important to any kitty’s playtime. Not all mice are the same; most cats prefer the small leather mice with the multi colored fur and long tails. These mice come in twelve packs or three packs, and believe me if they are anything like my kitty they will tear them apart. Cloth mice are typically second during playtime. If you find your kitty to be uninterested in mice you might want to check the type of mouse you have bought them.
Catnip toys are very popular. Catnip will cause your cat to be more rowdy, which can be a plus because they wear down faster. Catnip before bedtime is a great way to get your cat to sleep for quite a while and leave you to slumber. Catnip should be given out sparingly. You do not want to give your cat catnip everyday because it can have adverse affects to their behavior. They can start to depend on it and have mood swings.
A stuffed animal is also a favorite toy when a cat is ready to play and loves to have stuffed animals in their toy basket. There is nothing more amusing than watching a kitty bring a stuffed animal bigger than they are and proceed to toss it in the air and pounce. A stuffed toy will always make a good gift for a cat.
Cats like the feel of certain things in their mouths that is why they chew on paper, plastic and even your blankets. The feel of the material in their mouths allows them to clean their teeth or when they are teething help reduce the pain. The stuffed animal can work in much the same way and keep them away from other more harmful items.
You do not have to go to great expense to entertain your cat, however when you spend a little on toys you keep your kitty from getting bored. You may even decide to hide a few toys and reintroduce them after a few months to keep from purchasing new ones all the time. Just make sure it is not the favorite toy of your pet or they may find other ways to entertain themselves that you do not find amusing. Holidays are a great time to introduce a few new toys for your kitty.
Just call me the crazy cat lady! My husband does. It is true because I have never been able to get enough of cats. When I go to the market to buy cat food, the clerk always asks me “How many cats do you have?” I really only have 3 but I feed a few others. They have chosen my restaurant over their owners.
Here is a few hints on feeding your cat. I feed both canned food and dry food. They can nibble on the dry food almost anytime of the day or night. And, yes, I leave out clean water for them to drink. Of course, my cats also drink out of the swimming pool if it is handier.
Feeding your pet will depend a great deal on the age of the animal. Older cats require two small meals or one large meal for the day. Kittens on the other hand, require several feedings a day until they get around the age of 12 weeks. Cats that are between three and six months of age need to be fed three times a day. Canned food can be fed to cats, although any food that has been left out longer than 30 minutes need to be disposed of. I find that feeding them a can twice a day is very satisfying to them. They love the gravy and eventhough they are willing to share the meat, they will race to see who gets the gravy. The big boys do not mind sharing a can, but I have to feed the girl her very own can. Cats have a pecking order and she gets pushed out.
Canned food can get expensive fast, and you should always keep in mind that some may need to be thrown away when you buy it. Sometimes I end up throwing out what the girl cat doesn’t eat because the boys are full by then. Cats love canned food, although it doesn’t have any benefits to their dental health like dry food does. The canned food seems to satisfy them more and the dry food is more like a snack.
As an alternative plan, you can always leave a supply of dry food out for your pet. When you give your cat dry food, you should always make sure that he has enough water. Dry food costs less than canned food, and it can also help to prevent the buildup of tartar on your cat’s teeth. When you buy dry food, you should always look in terms of health and benefits, and read the label carefully and choose very nutritional food. Even though some generic food may be cheaper, it may not offer the nutrients your pet needs so it is better to pay a little more for a more nutritional one.
If you own a kitten, you should only give you kitten food designed for him. You’ll also need to clean and refill his water dish every day. Even though kittens and adult cats like cow’s milk, you should avoid giving it to them as it can cause diarrhea. Treats are fine on occasion, although too many of them can cause your pet to get fat. Feeding your kitten human food is good on occasion, although you may have to mix it in with his cat food.
Don’t forget to give your cats lots of love daily. They can have too much food, but they never can get too much love.
People often say that they are cat lovers or dog lovers. Why can’t you be both? Cats and dogs are very different and there are qualities in each of them that make them unique and fun to love. Why wouldn’t you want to have both cats and dogs around? Of course, there are some dog lovers that the thought of owning a cat is the last thing they want to consider. Here are some cat characteristics that you should know.
First consider where your preference for dogs may have originated. You may have been influenced by your family members, especially your mother and family. Perhaps you just adopted their preferences. Maybe once you give it some thought, you will realize that you have never really given cats a chance.
You may discover that cats are not the evil creatures as you may have heard them portrayed. Have you heard one of the old wives’ tales about cats. Many of these myths have no basis in scientific fact. A black cat can cross your path without your experiencing any undo harm.
Cats are curious creatures. Maybe you have heard that they love their homes not their owners. When something changes in their surroundings, they are curious to inspect the area to make see what is going on until they decide if what is different is o.k. They like to keep up with what is new in life. Cats are creatures of habit and when sudden changes occur, they take their time adjusting to the change.
Most dog lovers have been encouraged to make fun of the independence of cats. Cats not dogs are the most independent. Contrary to belief, cats can be trained as well as dogs. Because of their size, you do not see cats being trained to be police cats or rescue cats, but they can be trained, nevertheless. If you have the patience and technique, you can train your cats to walk on a leash, play fetch, walk on balance beams, beg, play dead, roll over, and many other tricks that are normally associated with dogs.
Cats are extremely loyal to their master and their family. They are also very sensitive to mood changes within the family and will respond to them. If their special person is sad, cats will try to comfort you by showing you a lot of attention and staying near you. They will lick your hand to caress you and stay very close. They also react to angry and high stressful situations. As you can see, they are very affectionate.
People love the way dogs jump around and get excited when you come home or when they see you. It is true that cats do not do that. They will however greet you when you come home and rub and purr to get your attention. These wonderful soft bundles of love want to love and be loved in return. There are many ways they show it.
Cats talk to you in many ways. After you have lived with a cat for a while, you really grow to understand what they are saying. Meowing a certain way may mean “Hey! I need your attention. Will you do something for me?” If they start to make noise–”caterwauling” as it is called–you can take it to mean that they are warning you. Despite their size, they may also be trying to chase something they fear away from you.
Then there is purring. Ahhhh! that soothing, contented sound. The purr communicates with you that the cat is happy and is enjoying your stroking and petting. No other animal makes a sound like it. It is music to your ears. Soon you will become accustomed to all the ways the cat talks to you and what they mean.