If you were given the opportunity to rescue an animal, would you take it? There are thousands of cats just waiting for you to find them. If you need to know more about caring for your new cat, keep reading.

Keep your drape cords out of your cats reach. These are not great play toys for cats. They can wrap around a cat’s neck pretty easily. This can definitely hurt them, and it could even kill them. Be sure your drape cords are strongly secured.

TIP! Check your local animal shelter if you have plans to get a cat. There are so many great cats at shelters.

Check out the shelter when adopting a cat. Shelters all over the country are crowded with marvelous cats, and most provide veterinarian care with the adoption fee. You really are saving a life and keeping the feline population in check all in one!

Groom your cat. A cat requires regularly brushing and combing. Such practices help keep cats’ coats clean. It will reduce shedding, which means that they won’t be experiencing a ton of hairballs. Your cat should be kept groomed so that they look great and you’ll also make your home look good.

Do not allow your cat to be bored frequently. Cats require physical activity. Unfortunately, lots of people who own cats neglect this. Cats that are frequently bored may develop OCD, depression or other harmful conditions. Give them toys and things to do. If your cats are kept inside, set up a carpet lined scratching pad or post. There are many climbing structures that can be purchased or made for cats who enjoy heights.

TIP! It is a good idea to microchip your cat. Indoor cats can slip out an open door.

Most cats are very nocturnal. The result is that cats prefer to be more active during the night. If you are having a hard time sleeping because of your cats, close the door. It also protects your toes from those crafty midnight pounces.

Pick the right location for your cat’s litter box. You shouldn’t keep it near your pet’s food, and you shouldn’t keep it in an area people walk through a lot. Choose an area that is well-ventilated to avoid bad smells. Your cat and you will prefer this in the end.

Avoid letting your cat go outdoors. This can put your cat in an unsafe position. Cats can become infected with fleas, ticks and ringworm. Cats can be gravely injured or killed by eating poisonous plants, flowers or chemicals, hit by a car or even harmed by neighbors who are irritated with your cat on their property. If letting your cat outdoors is important to you, let them out in a safe fenced area.

TIP! Cats are nocturnal animals. Thus, the bulk of their activity will occur at night.

Are you a cat and dog owner? Dogs will always try to eat a cat’s food. For this reason, you need to place your cat’s bowl in an area that is to high for a dog to reach. This also has the effect of stopping fights over the water before they start.

Having your own pet is proven to make your life happier. You’ve given it a safe home in which it is loved. You will develop a bond with your cat that lasts for many years. Properly caring for your cat will ensure that this loving bond remains intact.