Cats bring many great rewards. Cats are lots of fun, and they also rid the house of mice and similar pests. Cats are often the unsung heroes of the home and prevent many critters from breaching the perimeter.

Make sure your cat is always groomed. Cats have to be brushed or combed on a regular basis. This helps them keep their precious coat properly clean at all times. It will reduce shedding, which means that they won’t be experiencing a ton of hairballs. Your cat should be kept groomed so that they look great and you’ll also make your home look good.

TIP! Keep your drapery cords out of the reach of your cat. Do not let your cat play with these.

Be sure your cat gets regular checkups at the vet. Your cat needs to get a checkup about once every year, or more if there are issues that come up. Cats should go to a vet immediately if they have any conditions, health problems, or injuries that need to be tended to right away.

Make sure you purchase medicines and treatments specifically for cats. They can have very strong and possibly negative reactions to dog products. This warning applies to products for getting rid of fleas. These products can be fatal for your cat. If you own a dog, and they’ve been given a flea treatment, you should separate them from your cat for a few hours.

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. If your cat is especially intent on chewing cords, keep them covered as much as possible. Loose cords can be bundled and tucked inside old paper towel rolls. Any electrical cords that are really thin (and very tempting) should really be hidden whenever possible.

TIP! Keep your cat properly groomed. A cat’s fur must be brushed or combed on a regular basis.

Think about getting a microchip for your feline friend. Indoor cats can slip out an open door. A collar with tags increases your chances of getting your cat back if it gets lost but it can also be a risk, for instance if it gets snagged in some branches. A teeny microchip can hold your contact information. The chip will never be lost because it is under the skin and it can easily be read by any shelter or vet.

Cats are usually more active during the night. This means nighttime is an active time for your cat. Try closing the door if your cats are keeping you awake at night. It also protects your toes from those crafty midnight pounces.

While usually cats make great pets for kids, younger kids may be too rough with them. Always train your child the proper way to handle a pet. Demonstrate how to pick up the animal and how to play with it as well. Cats have more fragile bones than dogs so it is important to treat them with care.

TIP! Heated tiles are great to put under a cat bed, especially for the comfort of aging felines. Bake a one-foot tile made from terra cotta in the oven at 200 degrees F for around 15 to 20 minutes.

Do you own both a dog and a cat? Dogs will generally try to eat the cat’s food whenever the opportunity comes along. You should create a feeding space for the cat that is much too high for a dog to get to. This will also prevent squabbles between them.

Litter Box

Never try to teach a cat how to work a litter box. This skill is something your cats pick up on their own, not something that can be taught to them. Don’t try to force them into the litter box by rubbing their paws or face in it.

TIP! If your cat is a female, be sure to get her spayed when she is old enough. You may not think it’s necessary if you have an indoor cat, but your cat may escape.

While you might not consider a cat a great hunter like a guard dog, the cat eliminates smaller pests, has the motivation and is much more family-friendly. You should consider getting a cat if you do not already have one. This is one of the things that make cats so popular as pets.