Cats are an integral part of any household. Cats have been the subject of many poems and plays. A well behaved and healthy cat can enhance any household. Sadly, cats can be difficult to live with sometimes. You should keep reading to learn how you can become a better pet owner.

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TIP! Check with your shelter before you purchase a cat. They have tons of amazing cats who desperately need a home.

Keep your drape cords out of your cats reach. Whenever cats jump on these cords, they might get tangled up in them. This could really hurt or possibly kill them. Therefore, ensure that drape cords are pinned away from your cat’s reach.

To help your aging cat feel cozy, place a warmed tile under his bed. You can heat a terracotta tile in the oven at 200 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Wrap it in an old towel and put it under your cat’s bed or blanket. Replace it every three hours or so.

In order to be sure your cat is healthy, take them to their vet regularly. They should have regular check ups annually, and more appointments should be made if they need to get important shots. If you notice that your cat appears to be experiencing some sort of illness or injury, do not delay a trip to the vet.

TIP! It is not safe to use dog products for your feline friend. Products designed for dogs or other animals could cause a negative reaction from your cat.

It may prove quite a challenge to make your cat stay off counter tops. Cats like to be up high, where they can watch everything going on. It helps to provide your cat with certain high spaces where it is allowed. Placing a cat tower near the kitchen will help the cats to not lay on the counter.

Keep your cat away from boredom. Cats need stimulation. Unfortunately, many owners do not realize this important part of ownership. A lack of stimulation can lead to psychological or medical problems for your cat, including depression, compulsive disorders, and chronic misbehavior. You need to give it new toys regularly and make sure your cat has plenty of space to run and play. If you have an indoor cat, offer him a variety of toys, scratching post or objects he can climb on.

Be especially mindful of your cat’s ears when you take them on a trip. You may think it’s a good idea to listen to loud music on your stereo, but cats generally don’t enjoy this. Turn down the music and let the cat rest.

TIP! A cat can do a lot of damage to your furniture with its claws. Purchase a scratching post to stop your cat from destroying your home.

Little kids shouldn’t be left alone near cats. Tell them how to be gentle. Teach them about appropriate activities and how to gentle pick up the cat. Cat’s bones aren’t quite as strong as dogs, so they must be treated gingerly.

Try as hard as you can to understand the reason your cat meows at you. After some time, you’ll understand why your cat purs or meows based on what she wants. The cat may want something to eat or to get let out. Know what your cats cries mean so that you’re able to understand the cat more.

Never make the mistake of leaving a kitten in a room alone with small children. Never leave a pet alone with a child who is any younger than five. These children just do not possess the maturity to handle a kitten. They aren’t aware of the danger that they can cause to it. When children get a little older, they develop the skills needed to be around small animals.

TIP! It can be tough to keep cats off the countertops. A cat will naturally want to be high enough to view everything around them.

You cat needs to get used to being in a carrier. You cannot punish a cat the same way you would a dog. Positive reinforcement is a better training tool for cats. Put a nice blanket inside the carrier then leave it where the cat is most often. Sooner or later, your cat will try out the appealing space and learn to be comfortable in it. Then, you will have no problem using the carrier.

Your cat should be given food from a can. It is usually more expensive than dry food, but it is more beneficial. There is more water, more fat and more protein in it. As a cat ages, it has a harder time chewing. Can food is generally better, but consult your vet first before feeding it to your cat.

If you’re dealing with a cat that won’t use the litter box, you should place it somewhere else. Cats know that they’re vulnerable when using the bathroom and need a place that is quiet and safe. Some good places would be basements, laundry rooms, and any other place that doesn’t have a lot of noise and people going in and out.

TIP! Give your cat plenty of love and affection. Cats give us a lot of love, and they deserve to be loved back.

Cats will smell changes around their home. When you give them a new toy, bed, food or scratching post, this can be an issue. Don’t get frustrated if they don’t like these items right away. Eventually the cat will get used to the smell and things will go back to normal.

If the cat has constant hairballs and brushing more isn’t helping, this may help. Mix in a few pinches of pumpkin into your cat’s food. A teaspoon of tuna water mixed with pumpkin can also work. There are also cat foods that contain an anti-hairball component, usually extra fiber, that may solve the problem.

Although owning a cat isn’t a easy process, the rewards are great. No matter how active or lazy your cat may be, the advice you have read will help the two of you get along better. Before long, your cat will spend more time purring and less time complaining.