Cats have a long and storied history of being human companions for generations. Musicals, books and even movies have been written about cats. It’s easy to see why, after all this time, cats still think that they’re the ones in charge. The following tips will help you care for, and live successfully with, your cat.

Don’t allow your cat become bored. Cats require physical activity. Too frequently this need is overlooked by owners. Boredom can beget illness. Give them time and space where they can exercise and toys they can play with. If they stay indoors make sure they have a scratching post for climbing.

TIP! Prevent your cats from playing with drapery cords. Do not allow your cat to play with these.

Cats are frequently nocturnal in their habits. This means nighttime is an active time for your cat. If you are having a hard time sleeping because of your cats, close the door. You won’t be able to hear their sounds as they walk around in the middle of the night.

Cats are usually great for kids, but smaller kids may be too rough with them. Teach your kids how to treat a cat. Show them to pick up kitty gently and the types of activities which are appropriate. Cats should be handled more gently since their bones are more fragile than those of dogs.

Do you happen to own both a dog and a cat? Understand that dogs will usually eat cat’s food if they can. Try locating your cat’s food in an area where the dog cannot go. The added benefit is that you will prevent fights over the other animals food and water when one of them runs out.

TIP! You should never allow your cat to be bored all the time. Cats need to play and get regular exercise.

Never punish a cat for a mess outside of its box. Your cat probably did not use the litter box because it is not well taken care of. If your pet is punished, you won’t do anything but make it afraid of you.

Increase the variety of food that you give your cat. If they only eat the same food, they may never eat another food in the future.

If you want a cat with long hair, be prepared to put in extra time and care. Long-haired cats are beautiful animals, but keep in mind that they will shed everywhere in your home. If you don’t mind cleaning, get a long-haired cat. You should keep in mind that long haired cats are more prone to hairballs.

TIP! Pick a good spot for the cat’s litter box. It shouldn’t be put in an area with high traffic and should be far from their food.

Check your cat if they suddenly stop using their litter-box. Using the bathroom outside of the litter box is linked to a number of cat health issues. Infections and problems with the kidneys and bladder may be the culprit. Call the vet if your cat refuses to use the litter box.

Some food you eat isn’t good to feed your cat. These include garlic, grapes, green tomatoes and onions. Your cat can get very sick from eating these foods. Even though everyone knows that cats love milk, this can actually cause a cat to have an upset stomach.

If you decide to declaw your cat, never allow it to go outside. Your cat will have no way of defending itself against other animals, which means it could get seriously injured or even killed. The only place for a declawed cat is inside, with you. Only take out the front claws. Keep the back claws intact, since they can’t do damage to your furnishings and flooring.

Human Medication

Never make the choice of giving your cat human medication. Go to a vet if there are problems, don’t self diagnose. Providing your cat with a human medication can seriously harm them, and it just might kill them.

Act fast if you cat is panting. Panting is normal behavior for a dog, but that is not always the case for cats. Sometimes when cats are upset or too hot they pant, but there are other reasons they can pant too. Take your cat to see the vet if you notice it is often panting.

TIP! Male felines tend to get crystals in the urine that can be prevented with proper diet. It can be painful to pass these crystals and your vet bill will be priced accordingly.

The cat in your home may think it owns the place. By using the tips from above, you’ll soon teach your cat who is actually the boss. Although cats are stubborn, they can be incredible pets. The advice found here will assist you in raising a great cat.