“Feral” is a term for cats that have no home and wander the streets. By learning how to properly care for a cat, you can ensure that they remain healthy. You can learn how to deal with these cats before they cost you money.

Consider having your cat fitted with a microchip. Even cats who live completely indoors may someday decide to bolt out the door or escape out of a window. Although collars and tags are beneficial, some cats may even wiggle out of them. A microchip will hold the contact information to reach you and it’s only about as big as a piece of rice. Most organizations that deal with animal care can scan your cat for microchips, and because they are implanted, they won’t get lost.

TIP! Brush and trim your cat’s fur often to keep it looking sharp. Brushing is a very important component towards taking care of your cat.

Place a “tablecloth” under your cat’s food bowl. Some cats like removing food from their bowl and eating it beside their bowl. This can result in a mess that needs to be cleaned up. It’s easier to clean up this food by purchasing a placement and inserting it under your cat’s food bowl, or you could simply cut some fabric and make it into a tablecloth so you can easily pick up the food and throw it away.

Try to figure out why your cat makes meowing sounds. After living with your cat for long, it’s easier to interpret its meows. Your cat might need food or might want to go out. Watch their cues to learn more about them.

Consider all the options before you let your cat be an outdoors cat. It is dangerous in today’s society. Your cat can pick up fleas, or worse. They might get injured by some other animals, vehicles, or people. If the cat must go outside, set aside a small part of the backyard or front lawn as a place where they can go.

TIP! When your female cat is old enough, it’s vital to get her spayed. You may keep your cat inside, but she could still slip outside and become pregnant.

Be careful when leaving your cat with your children. A child less than five years old should not be left alone with a small pet. They simply lack the maturity to comprehend the harm they can potentially do to kittens. As they grow, you will be able to decide when it is the right time for them to handle a cat or kitten without supervision.

You should brush your cat very regularly. This keeps the fur well oiled and the skin healthy. It is also a good way to reduce shedding. This can reduce hairballs which can be harmful to a cat and build up in their stomachs.

Don’t get mad at your cat if it urinates outside the litter box. Usually this is a sign that you haven’t cleaned the box recently. If you attempt to punish your pet, you may cause fear and resentment–and more accidents!

TIP! Create a little tablecloth for your cat. Cats like to make a mess when they eat.

You cat will not be likely to be a finicky eater if you vary the type of food you are feeding from time to time. If they only eat the same food, they may never eat another food in the future.

Defend yourself against cats that are intruding. Cats can get unruly and ruin many things we love. You should still be considerate of a cat’s sensitivities when interacting with it. Do your best to be a considerate and responsible cat owner.