Cats are a very common house pet but there is also a wide population of wild cats. It is important to learn as much as you can about these creatures to assure you have the best relationship possible. Feral cats are pests that can drive customers away from businesses, costing them a great deal of money.

Cats love to squeeze into tiny spots. There are ways to make sure that their collar does not get stuck. A breakaway style collar will literally “break away” if pulled too tight. This can keep your cat alive.

TIP! Cats love to squeeze into tiny spaces. If they are wearing a collar this can pose a safety risk, in the event that your cat gets stuck.

Lessen the chances of your cat becoming harmed or killed by spraying all electric cords with something to keep them from chewing it. Bitter apple is a good choice and can be found at most pet stores. Cords should be covered, especially if your cat tends to chew on them. You can take loose cords, bundle them up, and stick them inside the tube from an old roll of paper towels. Electronic items with tasty-looking, thin cords (video game controllers, phone chargers, and so on) should be stored securely when you’re not using them.

Generally, cats love to stay on the counter. A cat will naturally want to be high enough to view everything around them. You may mitigate the problem by providing designated heights for them to use. One way to keep your cats from continuously jumping on the counter is to install a cat tower near the problem counter.

Make sure your cat is not too bored. Cats require physical activity. Unfortunately there are too many cat owners who don’t properly exercise their cats. Cats that are frequently bored may develop OCD, depression or other harmful conditions. Give them toys they can play with, play with them yourself, or at the least give them room to exercise. If they’re an indoor cat, get them an object to climb on or a scratching post.

TIP! A heated tile for underneath your cat’s bed can provide real comfort. You should heat a terra cotta tile with your oven, at about 200 degrees, for around fifteen minutes.

Normally cats are nocturnal animals. Your cat will probably be very active during the night. If your kittens are keeping you awake into the middle of the night, close the door to your bedroom. It also protects your toes from those crafty midnight pounces.

Create a little tablecloth for your cat. Some cats prefer to remove their food from the dish and eat it off to the side. That means you will have to tidy up the food left beside the cat bowl. To make clean up a breeze, use a place mat underneath the bowl or a piece of fabric. You’ll be able to pick it up easily and shake the excess food into the trash.

Try to figure out why your cat meows. After you have lived with your cat for a while, you will come to know what she wants by her meow. This could mean that your cat needs to go out or is hungry. Pay attention to her cues, and you can understand your cat that much more.

TIP! If your cat is female, you need to get it spayed at the proper age. You may believe that this is unnecessary if your cat stays inside all the time; however, cats almost always find a way to get outside, especially when they are in heat.

Think over whether or not you should let your cat go outdoors. Going outdoors isn’t very safe for a domesticated cat. Your cat can pick up fleas, or worse. Your cat may be targeted by another animal, or get injured by a vehicle or another person. If you’ve just got to have the cat outdoors, limit it to an enclosed area.

Always watch a kitten around small kids. Children under five years of age should not be left alone with a kitten. A child of that age doesn’t realize when they are being too rough with a pet. As your children get older, you can decide when to teach them about handling a pet.

It’s important to let your cat see where you place the litter box, but it’s not always a good idea to force your cat to learn how to use it. This is natural to them and does not need to be taught. While some folks think you should pick up your cat and place their paws against the litter, this can actually be traumatic.

TIP! It is not safe to use dog products for your feline friend. Cats will react very negatively to any products intended for dogs.

Expect it to take several weeks for your current cat to accept a new cat in the home. In the early days, you may see a lot of posturing from the cats including hissing and swatting at each other. Sooner or later, they’ll tolerate and even begin to love each other.

When your cat is close to giving birth, provide a spacious area for her. Since there are so many kittens, the birthing process can take a few hours. If it drags on for six to eight hours, call your vet immediately to talk to them about it.

Cats have a surprisingly acute sense of smell, making it easy for them to detect change in their environment. Sometimes this causes problems if you introduce a new food dish, bed, or scratching post. You shouldn’t be disappointed if your cat avoids new items at first. Once the cat gets used to the smell of the new item, quickly he or she will get accustomed to it.

TIP! Make sure your cat has a collar if it goes outside. Cats sometimes travel a bit when outside, and a tag prevents any mishaps due to your cat being lost.

Panting is not a normal response for a cat. Panting is quite normal for dogs. If your cat is panting it may be overheated or having anxiety. It may also be something that is a lot more serious than those things. Contacting your veterinarian is a good idea, particularly for cats that have built up a history of respiratory difficulties over time.

If your schedule has changed recently, leaving your cat alone for long periods of time, you may find that your cat will seem lonely or lethargic. Provide them with something to do while you’re gone, or consider adopting another cat.

Stray cats should no longer be a problem after reading this article. Learn as much as you can about proper pet care and incorporate it into your life. Obviously, cats are living beings and you should always be considerate to the extent that is safe for you. You may even find your best friend in a cat.