Cats are wonderful to have around, but they aren’t always easy to live with! Some need special diets, and that is only the beginning. The information below will help you raise a happy and healthy feline friend.

Move any drape cords out of a cat’s reach. Do not let your cat play with these. If the cords are in loops and the cat jumps into them or plays with them, they could possibly get them caught around their neck. This is incredibly dangerous as it could be fatal for your cat. To prevent this from happening, keep any drape cords pinned away from any eyes.

TIP! Make sure you don’t allow your cat to be around drape cords. The cats will start playing with the cords and they can easily wrap around their necks.

If you plan on getting a cat for a pet, try looking into a local shelter. Shelters are filled with beautiful cats, and the fee for adoption will basically cover the needed vet care. A cat gets a new chance at life and the cat population stays in check with adoption.

Cats enjoy getting into spaces that are small. If they have a collar, this can be a safety issue if they get stuck. A breakaway collar will let go if it is pulled on too tightly. This will help you save your cat’s life.

Keep your older cat comfortable by placing a heated tile underneath its bed. You can heat a terracotta tile in the oven at 200 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Wrap this in a towel that’s old and then place it under the bed the cat sleeps on. Replace it every three hours or so.

TIP! You must always take your cat for regular vet check-ups. Understand that cats require vaccinations in order to stay healthy, and the veterinarian needs to regularly check for any health problems.

Avoid letting your cat get bored. Cats require plenty of exercise. This is sadly overlooked by some cat owners. 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. You need to give it new toys regularly and make sure your cat has plenty of space to run and play. Indoor cats will appreciate having a structure they can climb on or a dedicated scratching post.

Making sure your cat is taken care of can be easy if you know what you’re doing and if the animal behaves right off the bat. But, you have to remember that most cats won’t be that easy to take care of. You should use the tips you just read to become a better cat owner and make sure your cat is happy. The best benefit is a mutually satisfactory experience for you and the cat.