Cats are nearly everywhere, including feral cats that wander the streets all of the time. Adopting a new kitten is a great way to help keep this population of wild animals down and you will find that a cat is a great pet to have. Dealing with these issues is troubling.

Kitty claws can be quite destructive to fabric and furnishings. Buy a scratching post if you need to protect the furniture in your home. Give them some encouragement and let them know it is okay to scratch that. It might take a little while, but eventually it should stop the problem.

TIP! Keep your drape cords out of your cats reach. Never let your cats play with drape cords, as they could seriously injure themselves.

Try to avoid your cat from becoming bored each day. It is necessary for them to play and get exercise. Unfortunately there are too many cat owners who don’t properly exercise their cats. Bored cats tend to develop emotional and mental disorders that may negatively impact their health. Provide them with space to exercise and lots of toys to play with. Give them a cat tree to play with.

Cats are often nocturnal creatures. The result is that they active while you’re sleeping. Shut the door to your bedroom. This helps to muffle the sounds of nighttime play. This should help them from waking you during the night, pouncing on your feet under the covers.

Receiving plenty of positive, loving attention is important for your cat. They are very loving animals and deserve affection back. They are social creates which need reassurance. Make them feel at home.

TIP! Check your local animal shelter if you have plans to get a cat. Many shelters have more cats than they can handle and the fees associated with adoption take care of vet visits.

Create a tablecloth for the feline. Cats sometimes like to eat food outside of their bowl. Sometimes, this results in food outside the bowl that you have to clean up. An easy solution to this problem is a placemat underneath the food dish, or a piece of fabric you can easily wash.

Unlike most humans, cats love heights. For a happy cat, make sure you establish a safe environment for them to scan their surroundings. If a cat tree is not your style, clear off a sturdy shelf that he can jump up on. Make it extra comfortable by adding a blanket or cushion.

Litter Box

TIP! You shouldn’t ever use products designed to be used on dogs on your cat. This can irritate your cat or cause an allergic reaction.

Never try to teach a cat how to work a litter box. Using the litter box is instinctual for cats, and they require no training. Don’t try to force them into the litter box by rubbing their paws or face in it.

If your cat relieves itself somewhere other than its litter box, it shouldn’t be punished. Usually this is a sign that you haven’t cleaned the box recently. Punishment can make your cat fearful in your presence.

Let your cat get comfortable using a carrier. Cats are not as responsive to punishment as dogs are. Encouragement is a much better strategy. Give your cat a treat every time it does something well. Your cat will want to inspect the carrier and probably enjoy hiding inside. Transporting your cat inside the carrier will then become much easier.

TIP! You can keep your cat away from electrical cords by spraying them with some bitter apple. You can also cover your cords under a rug or tape them to walls.

Keep old, worn scratching posts. When a post is worn, your cats may enjoy it more. Something new is not necessarily better for a cat, and it may lead them to scratching the furniture.

Is there cat hair everywhere? Since cats shed so much, you must remember to brush them regularly. If your cat is shedding too often, you should brush it more regularly. It’s also a great aid to keeping the cat’s coat as pristine as possible.

Be aware whenever your cat suddenly quits using its litter box. Health problems may be causing your cat to urinate in places other than their litter box. Infections and problems with the kidneys and bladder may be the culprit. Ask your vet if your cat begins missing the litter box.

TIP! Cats are usually more active during the night. This means that they’re going to be running around more when it gets dark.

Make sure your cat’s collar has important information, such as your address, phone number and name. Even if your cat is an indoor cat, there is that small chance he or she might get out one day. Fitting your cat with a tag and collar greatly increases the chance that your cat will make it home safely.

Don’t give a cat medicine that is intended for humans. If your cat has any health problems, you should take them to the vet and administer whatever he provides. Giving pets medicine that is intended for humans can harm them, and possibly cause death.

Preventing hairballs can help keep your cat sanitary and safe. Adding in just 1 teaspoon of pumpkin mixed in with their food bowl can help with prevention. Mixing the pumpkin up with water drained from a can of tuna (again, one teaspoon’s worth) may also help. Some cat foods also contain a component for anti-hairballs, generally extra fiber, which may resolve the problem.

TIP! Cats are known for spending inordinate amounts of time grooming themselves. If your kitty is a long-haired breed, the result of this might be hairballs.

Defend yourself against cats that are intruding. Learn as much as you can about proper pet care and incorporate it into your life. Obviously, cats are living beings and you should always be considerate to the extent that is safe for you. You might even take to one of the feral cats.