Caring for a cat is a lot of work, even though they make great pets. Vet expenses, toys, food and litter all add up to a significant amount. With the solid advice below, you will find ways to keep your pet and save some money too.

If you’d like to make an elderly cat’s bed more comfy, stick a heated tile beneath its bed. You can do this simply with a terra cotta tile measuring a square foot. Heated in your oven around 200 degrees, it can be ready in as little as 15 minutes. Wrap this in a towel that’s old and then place it under the bed the cat sleeps on. If necessary, change this out every few hours.

TIP! Keep your cat away from your drapery cords. Cats should not be allowed to play with these cords, as they can get parts of their body stuck in the cord loops.

It can be hard to make your cat stay off the counter. Cats naturally love heights so they can easily see everyone and everything. To help prevent your cat from doing this, you can establish tall places specifically for your cat. A cat tower near your kitchen can give them a place to watch you that is out of the way.

Put your cat’s food on a tablecloth. Cats often take food from their bowls to eat on the side. This makes quite a mess. It’s easier to clean up this food by purchasing a placement and inserting it under your cat’s food bowl, or you could simply cut some fabric and make it into a tablecloth so you can easily pick up the food and throw it away.

Reconsider having an outdoor cat. There are many dangers to your cat outside. Your cat could get fleas or even worse parasites. It can also be potentially hurt by cars, people or other animals. If your cat must go outside, try to confine them to the backyard.

TIP! Put a heated tile beneath the bed of an older cat. Simply heat a terra-cotta tile in a 200 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Cats love being up high. A happy cat is one that has a safe living environment. You can use a cleared shelf if you’d rather not have a cat tree. To complete the package, add a cat bed or blanket.

Litter Box

Don’t try to show your feline how to go in the litter box. This will be something that the cat does on its own and it usually is not learned fro another. Some cat owners believe they should expose their cat to the litter box and rub its paws into the litter; however, this may actually have the opposite effect and make your cat scared of it.

TIP! When your female cat is old enough, you should have her spayed. You may keep your cat inside, but she could still slip outside and become pregnant.

Pets are often expensive, and this is surely true of cats. Cats require so much attention and care you would swear they are as needy as human children are. You should apply the tips you just read, and do your best to be a responsible cat owner.