There is a lot that goes into owning a cat. Grooming a cat is different from grooming other pets. It takes a little extra attention to keep them looking their best. The following information will help you learn more about all aspects of cat care.

Keep your cat away from your drapery cords. If the cat becomes caught in a loop, they could choke to death. This can definitely hurt them, and it could even kill them. Pin back drape cords to avoid this type of issue.

TIP! Check out your local shelter if you are thinking about getting a cat. Shelters are filled with beautiful cats, and the fee for adoption will basically cover the needed vet care.

If your cat is female, you need to get it spayed at the proper age. Even if she stays inside all the time, she could get out when in heat and end up pregnant. Having your cat spayed helps to control the pet population and will save you time and trouble.

Don’t use dog portions for your cat. Cats have very strong, negative reactions to products formulated for dogs. This happens a lot with flea products. Flea treatments made for a dog can be fatal to a cat. Actually, it is best to separate the cat from the dog once the flea problem has been treated.

Electrical Cords

TIP! Cats often view small spaces as a fun challenge. If they’ve got a collar on, this may put them in danger as it can get stuck.

Put bitter apple on all electrical cords. If that doesn’t work, cover those cords up however you can. If you have loose electrical cords, you can bundle them up and stow them away in a cardboard tube (think toilet paper or paper towel rolls). If you have rarely used electronics, put them up when you aren’t 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 be able to battle this issue by giving your cat a high place to chill. A cat tower near your kitchen can give them a place to watch you that is out of the way.

Don’t allow your cat to get bored too often. Cats need stimulation. Unfortunately, many owners do not realize this important part of ownership. Cats who become bored often have issues that can affect them in a big way. Some of these issues are obesity due to eating out of boredom, OCD issues, fighting with other pets and depression. Spend time playing with them, and go through a variety of toys to find ones they like and will play with while you’re busy, too. If they stay indoors make sure they have a scratching post for climbing.

TIP! Put bitter apple on all electrical cords. Keep your cords covered if you feel like your cat is hellbent on chewing them.

Cats appreciate all the affection you can give. Cats provide warmth and affection, and they also require the same from you. Cats are social animals and will thrive when they are included in daily activities and life. They’ll know they are accepted as members of the family if they get plenty of loving attention.

When something seems amiss with your feline friend, speak with other cat owners. Though you want to handle problems on your own, you may require advice from others who own cats. There are many online forums that discuss cats. Most vets will also be happy to help you with some advice.

Litter Box

TIP! Avoid letting your cat get bored. Cats require physical activity.

If your cats create messes near the litter box, don’t punish them. Often, this happens when the litter box is dirty. Punishing your cat may cause him to become afraid of you or their litter box.

Don’t scrimp when it comes to your pet’s food. Scrutinize the ingredients closely, and make sure that quality protein sources like chicken, fish and beef are first on the list. Steer clear of food made primarily of corn and fillers. The main part of a cat’s diet should be meat protein, so his cat food should be mostly real meat.

Give your cat a water fountain. Cats like running water for drink more than water that is just sitting there. Cats prefer to drink water that is streaming. Actually, you will see many cats prefer running tap water from the sink instead of the water bowl. A drinking fountain is a more environmentally-friendly way to allow them to drink naturally.

TIP! Cats are partially nocturnal. Because of this, night time is when they are most active.

Play is essential to your cat’s life. Actually playtime is very common for all animals, especially cats and people despite their age. Although older cats won’t be as active as younger cats, they still need a little exercise. Make sure you play with your cat at least once a day.

A long-haired cat comes with a great deal of extra care. Cats are beautiful with hair that is long and silky. Your clothes, floors and furniture aren’t. Don’t get a long haired cat unless you’re prepared to do a little extra cleaning. Hairballs are something that you will often deal with if you own a fluffy cat.

Really consider where you place the litter box. You are surely tempted to put it where the smell will affect your surroundings the least. You have to accept the fact that easy access for your cat is the first priority in choosing a spot for the litter box. You want your cat to feel comfortable using their litter box. If you are going to put the litter box in a room without carpet, put a mat beneath it to keep the box warm.

TIP! While usually cats make great pets for kids, younger kids may be too rough with them. You need to show your children how the cat should be treated.

Your cat will thank you if you avoid phenol in your cleaning products. This chemical is usually in Pine-sol, Lysol, and other house cleaners. The smell offends cats, and it can lead to prolonged illnesses.

Indoor Cats

Make sure your cat stays inside as much as it can, near to both its home and its owner. Indoor cats live longer and have less illness and pests than outdoor cats. Indoor cats don’t face the diseases and other risks that outdoor cats do.

TIP! Do all you can to figure out what’s causing your cat to meow. By paying attention, you should eventually learn why your cat is meowing.

You should never give a cat medication that is for humans. If health problems arise, take your cat to a vet. Giving your cat your medication can actually cause your pet serious harm.

Your cat will look and feel its best with the proper care. In order to ensure a healthy looking cat, you’ll have to give it the grooming that it needs. Whatever grooming you do will be appreciate by the cat. Use this article, and groom your cat on a regular basis.