Cats aren’t simple to please. They can be very mysterious, even from the moment they enter your home. Fortunately, if you educate yourself, you can better care for them. Read on for ideas and insights for caring for your feline friend.

Make sure you don’t allow your cat to be around drape cords. It is easy for the cat to get his head caught among the cords when playing with them. This could even choke them to death. Keep your drape cords pinned out of sight to prevent this.

TIP! You need to take your pet to the vet on a regular basis. Cats need special shots to keep them from getting sick, and the veterinarian will check your cats overall health.

When considering a new pet, make sure you visit the area shelter first. Sometimes, you may find the cat of your dreams at a shelter. You’re literally saving their life.

Cats really enjoy squeezing into any and all small spaces. If they have to wear a collar then there may be a risk because your cat could end up getting stuck. A breakaway collar will let go if it is pulled on too tightly. A collar like this could save your cat’s life.

If you have an outside cat, you need to give it a collar and some identification tags. Cats can roam far, so a tag will ensure you find them quickly when they’re lost. You have to be sure you have your pet’s name and number written on the tag.

Litter Box

Put your cats’ litter box where it is most acceptable to him. Do not place it in a busy area or close to where your cat eats meals. It is also advisable to keep the litter box area ventilated to control odor. Both your cat and you will appreciate this.

Male cats often develop crystals in their bladder that come out in their urine. This can be prevented with a proper diet. It can be painful to pass these crystals and your vet bill will be priced accordingly. To stop this from happening, make sure your cat’s food doesn’t have much magnesium in it. Read the labels. Foods that contain fish usually have more magnesium.

TIP! Keep your older cat comfortable by placing a heated tile underneath its bed. You should heat a terra cotta tile with your oven, at about 200 degrees, for around fifteen minutes.

You may find it is helpful to talk to others about challenges you have with your cat. It is possible to work out the problem yourself, but help from others can be invaluable. You can find online cat forums to ask questions, or you can speak with your vet.

There is no need to spend hours trying to litter train your cat. This skill is something your cats pick up on their own, not something that can be taught to them. Some individuals believe they should carry their cat to the litter box and rub paws into the litter. This actually can be quite traumatic for a cat.

Cats may make a small mess outside their litter box. When this occurs, it is probably just a sign that the litter box wasn’t properly taken care of. If you get mad, they’ll never use the box again.

TIP! Don’t allow your cat to get bored too often. Just like dogs, cats need playtime and physical exercise, too.

Get your cat used to a carrier. You cannot punish a cat the same way you would a dog. Cats usually respond well to encouragement. Take their favorite blanket and place it within the carrier. Then leave the carrier with the door ajar in a frequented spot. Soon, your cat will naturally enter the carrier. This will make it easier to mobilize your cat.

While a torn up scratching post might look unattractive, do not get rid of it. This is the time when your cats actually most prefer it. Cats may well try scratching something else entirely (like your furniture!) if you replace their beloved toy with something unfamiliar.

You need to buy some quality food for your cat. Look over the ingredients in the food, and be sure there is some kind of a protein source in the food. Some foods contain a lot of fillers like corn products, don’t buy those. Cats are meant to eat meat, and that means that they need to have foods that are high in protein.

TIP! Most cats tend towards nocturnal behavior. In other words, they’ll be up and about late into the night.

Your cat may always seem miffed at you, but these tips will help build your relationship. Use the advice to ensure your cat’s needs are met. Once your cat is happy, you will be too. This is a possibility!