A cat can be hard to please. Their mysterious ways are often quite beguiling. But even if you don’t know how to make your cat happy, you can take excellent care of them if you know what you’re doing. These tips will ensure your cat gets the proper care it needs and deserves.

Your cat needs a collar and tag if it goes outside. Cats enjoy traveling far away, so a tag can help your cat get back home when lost. Some required information on the tag would be the cat’s name and your personal phone number.

TIP! Make sure your cat is always groomed. Cats require frequent brushing or combing.

Put bitter apple on all electrical cords. If your cat happens to be a champion cord-chewer, you’ll need to use cord covers to protect your cords. The tube from a used-up roll of paper towels makes an excellent shield for loose cords. Electronics with thin cords must be put out of reach when they aren’t being used.

It is a good idea to microchip your cat. Even an indoor cat may find a way out of your home. Collars or tags can identify your cat, but cats can wiggle out of those, and they are also at risk of getting hung up on something. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. Most vets and animal shelters will have a microchip scanner and because it’s under the animal’s skin it can never become lost.

Don’t let your cat’s days pass without stimulation and excitement! Play is important to the health and vitality of your cat. The unfortunate thing is that many owners of cats don’t realize this. Cats that are bored may develop obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, or other issues that can harm their health. Spend time playing with them, and go through a variety of toys to find ones they like and will play with while you’re busy, too. A scratching post is a valuable toy to put in your home.

TIP! Don’t allow your cat become bored. Cats require physical activity.

Cats are nocturnal animals. It is likely that they will want to play while you are sleeping. If your cats keep you up late at night, you should close the bedroom door. You can keep them from bothering you at night and getting your feet while you’re under covers.

Cover the area around your cat’s bowl with a cloth. Some cats like removing food from their bowl and eating it beside their bowl. That can mean a bigger mess for you to clean. Simply place a cloth placemat that will grab at the food under their plate and then shaken out over the trash. You can put a vinyl one underneath that can be picked up wiped down easily if you prefer.

Try not to let your cat go outside. It might not be safe for your cat to go outdoors. Your cat may get fleas or something even worse than that. Your cat might be injured by people, other animals and even vehicles on the road. If you still insist your cat be able to go outside, then do so in the fenced backyard.

TIP! Put the litter box in an ideal location. Put the litter box in a secluded area, and make sure that it is not near the cat’s food.

The advice above will aid you in caring for your cat. Keep them in mind as you care for kitty. Then, he MIGHT start being nice to you. It might happen!