For those who don’t know, feral cats live in the streets. There are many abandoned cats like these, and they can be a huge problem. Getting to know a cat’s needs and taking great care of it can help your cat to have a fantastic life.

Remove the drape cords from visibility when a cat is in the house. Do not allow your cat to play with these. The cords may be looped and a cat may get them wound around their neck. This could hurt or kill them. Pin the cords of your drapes up where your cat can’t get to them.

TIP! Good grooming is important for cats. Brushing is a very important component towards taking care of your cat.

Make sure your cat is regularly visiting the vet for checkups. The vet will be able to provide your cat with needed vaccinations and any medications it requires. Veterinarians also keep tabs on your cat’s overall health and diagnose any problems they find. Make sure you keep the same veterinarian for your pet throughout its life. That way, the doctor will be familiar with the history of your cat.

If your cat is an outdoor cat, then you should ensure it wears a tag collar. Cats can travel a long way and this will help you get them back easier if they’re lost. At least put your phone number and pets name on the tag.

It is a good idea to microchip your cat. Indoor cats could run out your door or jump out the window. Collars and tags can help get your cat home, however cats are experts at wiggling out of these, not to mention the risk they pose if they were to get snagged on a bush or tree branch. Microchips are very small, and you can note your name, address and phone number in there. Most organizations that deal with animal care can scan your cat for microchips, and because they are implanted, they won’t get lost.

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.

A proper diet for male cats will help prevent kidney problems that cause them to pass crystals with their urine. The cat is in pain passing the crystals, and the correction for this is costly. Look for foods that are low in magnesium for your cat. Check the ingredients list on the label. Cat food with lots of fish tends to have more magnesium, while products with lots of poultry tend to have less.

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. Help them learn how to pick up a cat and care for it. Cat’s bones aren’t quite as strong as dogs, so they must be treated gingerly.

Why is your cat meowing? After living with your cat for long, it’s easier to interpret its meows. Maybe she wants to go out, or maybe she wants to eat. Know what your cats cries mean so that you’re able to understand the cat more.

TIP! When your female cat is old enough, it’s vital to get her spayed. You may keep your cat inside, but she could still slip outside and become pregnant.

Think hard before allowing your cat outside. This isn’t safe for your cat. Your cat could get fleas or even worse parasites. It can also be potentially hurt by cars, people or other animals. If you still insist your cat be able to go outside, then do so in the fenced backyard.

Brush your cat’s coat often. It really helps move natural oils around the cat’s fur, and it improves blood flow. It will also remove loose hair. This helps keep those hairballs from building up in your cat’s stomach.

Your cat should be given food from a can. Even though the dry versions can be more cost-effective, canned cat food usually is more beneficial. Canned food gives your cat more protein and the water content helps with hydration. As your cat ages, canned food is more easily chewed. Speak with your veterinarian before making any major changes, however in general, canned food is better for your cat.

TIP! Make sure you purchase medicines and treatments specifically for cats. Cats are not the same as dogs, and products meant for dogs can make cats very ill.

You can now work against those stray cats and defend your residence. Cats can attack your other pets, tear up gardens, or call for their friends. Cats are very sensitive and you should take good care of them. You may even bond with a stray cat that comes your way.