Like people, cats need proper nutrition. Without a proper diet, you cat may end up malnourished or overweight. Continue reading to learn more about cat care.

Cats love to get into tight, small spaces. Cats that wear collars are at risk should they become stuck somewhere cramped. Breakaway collars are made to come off if tugged on vigorously. This could help save your cat if it gets caught in a tight spot.

TIP! You should always bring your cat to a vet to make sure everything is okay. Your cat requires a variety of vaccines and shots to prevent illness, and it is also important to identify health problems before they become too severe.

Spay your cat as soon as she is old enough. If an indoor cat gets out, you may soon have kittens. Getting your cat spayed is a great way to stop this from going on.

Make sure your cat sees a vet regularly to maintain their good health. They should go in for a routine check-up at least once a year, possibly more if they need important shots. Don’t hesitate to take your cat to the vet immediately if you notice anything unusual about their health or if they are injured.

If you have an outside cat, you need to give it a collar and some identification tags. Cats can range far from your home and the tag will help them find their way home. The tag needs your phone number and cat’s name at the minimum.

TIP! Cats can get into even the tiniest of spaces. If they have a collar on, this can be dangerous.

It’s very important to get your cat microchipped. Indoor cats could run out your door or jump out the window. A collar and identification tags can help bring your pet back to you. But experts point out that collars that do not snap apart quickly if your cat gets it caught on a branch or even a bush can accidentally strangle your cat. Microchips are extremely small, but they can hold all the same information as an identification tag. Most shelters have a scanner that can pick up the facts located inside the chip.

Do not allow your cat to stay bored all of the time. Cats should have a lot of exercise and playtime. Unfortunately, many owners do not realize this important part of ownership. Bored cats are more prone to depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as many other behavioral issues. Give them plenty of room to exercise and a wide selections of toys. An indoor cat needs a good scratching post.

Some male cats get urinary crystals, but this is preventable with proper diet. Passing stones or crystals hurts and can cost you a ton in vet bills if they don’t come out naturally. Choose a cat food low in magnesium. Read the label on any food you choose. Fish products tend to be higher in magnesium than poultry products.

TIP! Spray electrical cords with some bitter apple to prevent cats from getting electrocuted. If the cat likes to chew on cords, its best to cover them as best you can.

Create a tablecloth that your cats can use. Some cats like removing food from their bowl and eating it beside their bowl. This can lead to a big clean-up. Something as simple as a place mat can help make cleanup easier.

Brush your cat on a regular basis. Brushing improves the circulation of your cat and helps spread natural oils in the fur. You will also decrease the amount of fur throughout your home. This will help you to avoid hairballs, which may cause your cat to choke. Hairballs are caused when a cat grooms itself.

Litter Box

TIP! Don’t allow your cat become bored. Cats should have a lot of exercise and playtime.

Don’t punish cats for making messes outside the litter box. The major cause of such accidents is usually because the litter box hasn’t been given the proper care. Punishing your cat may cause him to become afraid of you or their litter box.

Feed canned food to your cat. Dry food is cheaper, but some wet foods have more benefits. Canned food provides more water content for your cat as well as more fat and protein. For older cats, canned food chew easier. Speak with your vet to determine the proper course of action to take.

You should give your cat at least three weeks to grow used to the presence of a new animal. They may still hiss and growl when they are in the same room together. Your cats will grow used to the presence of the other animal and will eventually get along.

TIP! Use quality food to prevent crystals from forming in a cat’s urine. Just like kidney stones, these crystals are painful and vet bills are pricey.

Cats need to have play in their life. Playing is a very common activity shared by most animals. Older cats do not have the same energy level as younger ones, but they still like to play a little. Play with your cat, and you’ll both have fun.

A good diet is crucial to your cat’s health. If your cat doesn’t eat right it’ll be in bad shape. It may even reduce life expectancy. Do what is best for your pet and it will live a healthy and happy life.