TIP! If you want to add a cat to your family, go to the shelter first to see what is available. Shelters always have plenty of cats available and adoption fees are usually very affordable.
A cat can make a welcome addition to your family. Cats are enjoyed as pets by millions, but they need to be taken care of properly. They can really affect a cat’s well being. Continue reading to learn some excellent cat-care tips.
TIP! Keep your cat groomed. You should comb and/or brush them on a regular basis.
Don’t leave drape cords near your cats. Do not allow your cat to play with these. The cords may be looped and a cat may get them wound around their neck. This could even choke them to death. To stop this from happening, pin your drapes and hide them out of sight.
TIP! Put bitter apple on all electrical cords. If your cat likes to chew cords, hide the cords as best you can.
Heated tiles are great to put under a cat bed, especially for the comfort of aging felines. You should heat a terra cotta tile with your oven, at about 200 degrees, for around fifteen minutes. Keep this underneath your cat’s resting space for extra warmth. If you want, you can change it for a newly warmed tile a few hours later.
TIP! Set boundaries for your children when it comes to having a cat as a pet. Make sure your kids know where the cat can be.
Spay your cat as soon as she is old enough. Whether or not she typically goes outside, she may escape while in heat and you might have kittens! Getting your cat spayed is a great way to stop this from going on.
TIP! Cats may make a small mess outside their litter box. If this happens, it may be because you have not kept the box as clean as you should.
Your home furnishings can fall victim to your cat’s sharp claws. If you want to prevent or stop your cat from scratching up your furniture, the best thing to do is buy a scratching post or kitty tower for them to climb in. When your cat scratches inappropriately, redirect him to the scratching post. This approach takes time, but it usually works.
TIP! Feed your cat several different kinds of food if you want to the lower the chances of them becoming finicky. Keeping the same kind of food around most of the time makes it to where they only want that specific food.
You might find that your cat sleeps all day and wants to be active at night. They are often active at nighttime. Shut the door to your bedroom. This helps to muffle the sounds of nighttime play. This will reduce the frequency that they wake you up.
TIP! Think about how much extra care is entailed in bringing a long-haired cat into your home. That lovely, silky coat won’t look nearly as good all over your floors as it does on the cat.
A tablecloth should be made for your cats. Some cats prefer to remove their food from the dish and eat it off to the side. That means you will have to tidy up the food left beside the cat bowl. A simpler way to do this is by getting a place-mat and placing it under their bowl. You can also cut some fabric to make a tablecloth that can be lifted, washed, or shaken over a trash can.
TIP! If you’re dealing with a cat that won’t use the litter box, you should place it somewhere else. Cat’s sometimes just don’t like the location you’ve picked for the box.
You shouldn’t be training your cats for litter box use. They will do it on their own and don’t need to be taught. While many pet owners try to introduce their cats to a litter box by rubbing their front paws in the sand, this can sometimes traumatize your furry friend.
TIP! Your cat should stay inside most of the time, and when it’s outside, you should ensure it remains close to home. Cats who stay inside for most of their lives have a much better life span and are less likely to get diseases and parasites.
If your cat does not use the litter box, do not use punishments to try to discipline him. If this happens, it may be because you have not kept the box as clean as you should. If you punish your cat for this, it will fear you later in the future.
TIP! Don’t let a cat that’s had its claws removed go outside. They won’t be able to protect themselves against other animals, and they run the risk of getting seriously injured.
Go pick yourself up one of those water fountains for cats. When cats are in the wild they tend to prefer water that is running when they are thirsty, this applies to cats at home. Cats react better to a moving water stream. In fact, the running water in a sink garnishes more attention from a cat than their water bowl usually does. So a drinking fountain makes a smart investment that’s both environmentally friendly and loved by your feline.
TIP! Don’t give a cat human medications. Some people incorrectly give cats human medications thinking it will be okay in small doses, but it can kill him or her.
Keep a collar with ID on your cat. Even an indoor pet should have this. Cats are curious creatures and an open door or window is likely to be explored. Your cat’s identification tags should provide your contact info and that of your veterinarian. This will be important especially if you have a cat with medical issues.
TIP! Cats get some illnesses that we do. You will be able to tell when the cat isn’t well.
Think about where you want to put the litter box. It is temping to put it someplace where the odor will not be noticed. However, your cat’s litter box needs to stay in an easily accessible place so that he can find it. Cats tend to be finicky, so you’ll want to provide a location that isn’t off-putting to your cat. If you keep the litter box on a cold cement floor, put a mat or rug down underneath it.
TIP! Keep your cat inside if you don’t want him getting fleas, rabies or anything else. An outdoor cat is much more likely to be affected by these dangers than a cat who stays indoors all the time.
All animals are capable of getting parasites. Your cat is no exception. If you do not take action to ensure your cat’s health, the results can be disastrous for both of you. You can get rid of them and even prevent them when you use the featured methods. Use them to better your cat’s life.