There is a quote by a famous author that broke down how important cats are. Eliot called cats creatures that households depend upon, and that is somewhat true. A home can benefit from a healthy, good cat. Unfortunately, cats aren’t always the easiest creatures to live with. These tips will help you live comfortably with your cat.

If you’re thinking of getting a cat for a pet, you should look to the local shelter. Many shelters are overcrowded with lovable and adoptable cats. When you adopt a cat from a shelter, you save a life and help keep the cat population under control.

TIP! Be sure you have a vet that your cat sees regularly so it stays healthy. Most vets recommend yearly check-ups.

Putting a warm tile beneath the bed of an older cat will help it rest comfortably. You should heat a terra cotta tile with your oven, at about 200 degrees, for around fifteen minutes. Wrap this in a towel that’s old and then place it under the bed the cat sleeps on. If you want, change it now and then so the warmth continues.

Lessen the chances of your cat becoming harmed or killed by spraying all electric cords with something to keep them from chewing it. Bitter apple is a good choice and can be found at most pet stores. If the cat likes to chew on cords, its best to cover them as best you can. You can bundle loose cords together and place them inside paper towel rolls. Put your electronics away so your cat is not tempted to chew on the cords.

It’s not easy to keep cats off counters. After all, cats prefer to stay high so that they can keep an eye out on everything. Making a place high-up for your cat can solve this issue. Placing a cat tower near the kitchen will help the cats to not lay on the counter.

TIP! Be cautious about using canine products on your feline friend. Cats don’t like dog products.

If you’re taking kitty on a road trip, don’t play loud music. You cat is used to being at home and it might shock him to hear you singing at the top of your lungs. Keep the music turned down or off when taking your cat on a trip.

Cats like to be up high. To keep your cat healthy, provide your cat with a high place to sit. If you don’t want a large cat tree in your home, a sturdy shelf cleared of breakables will work in a pinch. Adding a small pillow or blanket to the spot for napping will be very much appreciated too.

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TIP! Deter cats from shocking themselves on electrical wires by spraying them with bitter apple. Cats who love to chew need to be kept away from cords.

If your cat experiences major problems, don’t be afraid to talk to other cat owners. You may think it’s something you can take care of on your own, but other people that own cats could help. There are a number of message boards for cat owners on the Internet, or you can go to your vet with problems.

Be sure to carrier train your cat. Cats can’t be punished like dogs. They respond better to encouragement. Take their favorite blanket and place it within the carrier. Then leave the carrier with the door ajar in a frequented spot. In time, the cat will head inside and be happy. This takes the hassle out of traveling with your cat in its carrier.

Think about getting a drinking fountain for your cat. When cats are in the wild they tend to prefer water that is running when they are thirsty, this applies to cats at home. Cats react better to a moving water stream. In fact, some cats prefer running sink water to their own water bowls. This is a more natural way for them to drink.

TIP! Do not allow your cat to stay bored all of the time. Cats need play and exercise like other pets.

If you just own one cat but are considering obtaining another one, then you should ensure you allow a few weeks for your old cat and new one to become familiar with each other. Do not expect an instant friendship. Instead, look for them to hide frequently, hiss and possibly even become physical with each other. Cats usually learn to enjoy having a companion or at least put up with another one in their home.

Is there cat hair everywhere? Cats shed a lot, so it is important to brush them often. If your cat sheds often, you will need to brush him just as much. Brushing will also keep their coat in good shape.

If your cat has frequent hairballs, and extra brushing hasn’t helped, here are some other tips that may help. One mixed teaspoon of pumpkin mixed into your cat’s food should help. Mixing the pumpkin up with water drained from a can of tuna (again, one teaspoon’s worth) may also help. In addition, certain cat foods contain ingredients that are made to prevent hairballs, such as fiber. This may help resolve the issue.

TIP! Pick the right location for your cat’s litter box. Don’t put it in a busy area, and keep it away from your cat’s food.

Dry food is best for adult cats. As kittens, cats need moist food to accommodate small teeth. When adult teeth come in, the harder foods maintain the strength of their teeth. A picky cat might like dry and wet food mixed together.

Just like humans, being overweight can harm a cat’s health, so do not feed him too much. If your cat eats too much, it may end up being overweight and have health issues. Take care to feed your cat the correct portion sizes. A balanced, nutritious diet is important.

Place some sticky tape on your furniture. If the cat tends to scratch your upholstery, some tape may stop the practice. Check a pet store for this kind of tape. By keeping your furniture covered with tape and getting a scratching post put up, you will get your cat to scratch that instead.

TIP! Male cats can develop crystals that form in their urine, so prevent this with the right food. Passing these crystals is painful and the vet bill to have this corrected is expensive.

Inspect your home for holes that could possibly be dangerous for your cat. Cats can fit through very small gaps. This sort of behavior is particularly common in kittens. When you bring a new cat or kitten to your home, be conscious of this hazard. Cover all large holes to prevent a hazard for your cat.

It isn’t always easy being a cat owner, but it’s definitely rewarding. No matter what type of cat you have, these tips will assist you in a more positive experience with your pet. Before long, your cat will spend more time purring and less time complaining.