A cat can make a welcome addition to your family. Do whatever it takes to keep your cat free of parasites. No cat wants this sort of problem. Keep reading to find out how to keep those critters away from your cat.

Your home likely has no small spaces a curious cat won’t want to investigate. If they have a collar on, this can be dangerous. The advantage to a breakaway type collar is that if enough pressure is put on it, it will just let go rather than strangle the cat. This could help save your cat if it gets caught in a tight spot.

TIP! Contact local shelters if you want to adopt a cat. There are so many great cats at shelters.

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. Wrap it up in a towel and place it under where your cat sleeps. This should be changed a few times a day to maximize comfort.

Cats can really scratch up your home. If you have a cat that is wreaking havoc, buy a scratching post. Place this device into an area that your cat frequents, and attempt to get your cat to scratch it rather than the furniture. This solution might take time to take, but it will help in the end.

Think about getting a microchip implanted in your cat. Even an indoor cat may find a way out of your home. Cat collars are a great thing to have in case your cat gets lost, but they also pose a risk if they get caught on something. A microchip about as big as a grain of rice and holds all the contact information your cat needs. They are impossible for your pet to lose, and most vets and shelters have equipment that can read these chips.

TIP! A heated tile for underneath your cat’s bed can provide real comfort. Use a terra cotta tile to help relieve your cat’s aches and pains; put it in the oven on low heat – 200 degrees or so – for 15 minutes.

Make sure your cat gets lots of love. They want the same level of companionship that they give to you as their owner. Cats have a need to communicate with others to show they are part of the family. Make her feel like she is part of your family.

If you’re looking for good prices on cat medications, check online sources. The prices will usually be substantially better than at your vet. Sometimes, you may need the medicine immediately though. But, if you’re having to buy pet medication regularly, you will be able to save up to half the price if you buy online.

Remember that very young children can be a bit too rough with a cat or new kitten. Show your kids the proper way to handle cats. Demonstrate how the cat should be petted and handled and encourage your children to be very gentle. Feline bones are weaker than those of many other pets, so they must be handled with care.

TIP! Be sure your cat gets regular checkups at the vet. Your cat should have a health check yearly, but should go in more if your cat needs shots.

Understand that leaving a small kitten together with small children can be dangerous to both. Younger children, especially under 5, cannot be left alone with your cat. They’re not really mature enough to know how dangerous a kitten can be. When they mature, they can spend alone time with the kitty.

Litter Box

Don’t stress yourself out about instructing your cat on proper litter box usage. Using the litter box will come naturally to your cat. It’s not a good idea to rub your cats paws in litter. Some people think this is the way to train. It isn’t.

TIP! Think about putting a microchip in your pet. You never know when your cat could get away from you.

Don’t throw away your cat’s old scratching post. This is the condition that cats most appreciate. If you throw it away and replace it too quickly with a new one, they may shun the new one and go after your carpet and furniture.

Your cat, along with every other living cat, is susceptible to many different parasites. These pests will stay on your cat unless you do something about it. Prevention is often the key to successful treatment. You and you cat will both be happier.