Many cats think they rule the world, or at least your household. Sometimes, it is very difficult to really figure out your pet and his desires. However, if you have the right information, it can be easier to take care of them, even if you can’t plase them. Read on for ideas and insights for caring for your feline friend.

Cats need a certain amount of grooming to stay healthy and presentable. Regular combing and brushing is usually all that is required. This will help them maintain a clean and healthy coat. Also, this can eliminate the constant shedding that you will deal with. Keeping a cat groomed properly can help them and your home look great.

TIP! Keep your drape cords out of your cats reach. Whenever cats jump on these cords, they might get tangled up in them.

If you have a female cat it is important to have her spayed once she becomes old enough. You may not think it’s necessary if you have an indoor cat, but your cat may escape. Having your cat spayed is the only way to 100 percent prevent accidental litters.

If you have an outdoor cat, be sure he or she has a tagged collar. Cats enjoy traveling far away, so a tag can help your cat get back home when lost. The tag should contain your name and number for contact purposes.

You may want to have a microchip put into your car. Even a house cat may end up lost outside, no matter how careful you are. While a collar with a tag is useful, remember that your cat may be able to escape from the collar while they are away. Collars can also harm your cat if they get caught. Microchips are very small, and you can note your name, address and phone number in there. The majority of veterinarians possess scanners that can read your chips. Because these chips are placed underneath your cat’s skin, they won’t get lost.

TIP! If your cat is older or sick, a heating pad may provide comfort. Use a 12″ terra cotta tile and heat it by putting it in a 200ºF oven for 20 minutes.

Your cat needs love and attention. Cats need companionship as much as we do. Cats, just like people, want to feel like a loved part of a family. Socialization is important to them. This will increase the love that surrounds the family.

Your cat should be acclimated to a carrier as a kitten. Introducing your cat to a carrier as a kitten can really help to make this easier. Encouragement is usually a much better option. Take their favorite blanket and place it within the carrier. Then leave the carrier with the door ajar in a frequented spot. This will teach your cat that the carrier is a good thing. As the cat becomes used to being in the carrier, it will become easier to transport them in it.

Canned food is an excellent choice for cats. Although it is usually more expensive, canned food offers real nutritional advantages. Canned foods are also richer in fat, proteins and will help hydrate your cat. This will make it easier for your older cats to digest. You should ask your vet for some recommendations if you are not sure what kind of food to get.

TIP! Your cat most likely spends quite a bit of time grooming. If your kitty is a long-haired breed, the result of this might be hairballs.

Let your cat take its time when you add a new cat to your home. Expect to see your cats avoid each other, hiss, or even confront one another. If you give them enough time though, chances are good they will befriend each other and enjoy the extra company.

Haired Cats

Long haired cats take extra grooming time, so think about that before choosing one. All that hair will be literally everywhere. Do not choose a long-haired cat unless you can commit to the added cleanup. You should keep in mind that long haired cats are more prone to hairballs.

TIP! A tablecloth for the feeding area can be quite useful. A lot of time cats will take their food from their bowls to eat it on the food bowl’s side.

Does it seem like your cat’s hairs are everywhere you look? Cats shed considerably; therefore, it is very important you brush them frequently. The more your cat sheds, the more often you want to give them a good brushing. This also prevents matting and tangling.

You may not be able to impress your cat, but proper care will certainly not go unnoticed. Use the advice to ensure your cat’s needs are met. Then, he MIGHT start being nice to you. It could happen!