Cats’ naturally intelligent and playful nature makes them one of the most popular pets. They can help keep your home free of rodents and they can also be very amusing to watch. Read on to find out how to care for your kitty.

If you want to have the love of a cat, get one from a shelter. There are tons of loving cats there, and the fees often cover the needed vet care. When you bring home a shelter cat, you will be saving its life and you will be doing your part to help out.

TIP! If your cat is a female, it needs to be spayed when it reaches the appropriate age. This is true even if you think your cat is indoors only.

Groom your cat. Remember to brush your cat’s fur and comb it regularly. Doing it constantly can help you keep their coats clean. This will also cut down on shedding and can reduce issues with hairballs. A cat that is well-groomed is one that looks the best at home.

If you have an outdoor kitty, make sure to invest in a break away collar with an identification tag. This way, if your cat gets lost and is found by a stranger, that person will know how to contact you. Some required information on the tag would be the cat’s name and your personal phone number.

Be attentive to your cat and give them your love and company, often. They usually offer us warm companionship, and they require the same. Your cat needs to socialize and get plenty of attention from everyone in your family. They want nothing more than to be an integral part of your family.

TIP! Part of caring for your cat is taking it to regular veterinarian checkups. They should have regular check ups annually, and more appointments should be made if they need to get important shots.

Some male cats get urinary crystals, but this is preventable with proper diet. This problem is painful for the cat and to your wallet, as well. Food with a low magnesium content will help. Just as in the grocery store, take the time to read the labels. Products that have fish in them have more magnesium usually when compared to products with poultry.

A cat may not be just like a dog, but they are a great addition to a family. Compared to dogs, cats will almost always be more successful in their hunting attempts. The continuing popularity of the humble house cat is no surprise when one considers all that they’re capable of.