Cats are pretty awesome. Cats are smart and curious, but also cute and cuddly. This combination makes them excellent domestic animals. But remember that cats need proper care, and it’s not effortless. Read on for a ton of helpful tips on caring for your cat, and use what you will learn to provide the best home for your feline friend.

If your cat is a female, you’ll want to spay her once she reaches the proper age. You may believe that this is unnecessary if your cat stays inside all the time; however, cats almost always find a way to get outside, especially when they are in heat. When this occurs, your cat could get pregnant. Unless you want the hassle of getting rid of kittens, spaying is the best option for your cat.

TIP! Any drape cords should be hidden so the cat cannot grab hold of them. It is easy for the cat to get his head caught among the cords when playing with them.

Have your cat chipped so you can find him if he runs away. Even an indoor cat can get the urge to run out of a door or leap through a window. Tags and collars can help you cat return home, but cats can wiggle out of them or risk injury by snagging them on a tree branch or bush. A teeny microchip can hold your contact information. These days, pretty much all shelters and vet offices have scanners that can read these chips, and because they’re beneath your pet’s skin, they won’t ever get lost.

Keep your cat amused. Cats need play and exercise. Unfortunately there are too many cat owners who don’t properly exercise their cats. Bored cats can develop depression and other harmful health conditions. Make sure you give them lots of toys and room to play. Be sure your cat has something they can climb and something they can scratch if they stay inside.

Cats make good pets if you take your time when you are learning about them. Study these tips carefully. Make use of it so that you can enjoy a happy and healthy cat.