Cats make wonderful pets. Before going out and getting a cat, you should learn a little about them first. Below are some excellent suggestions that will help any cat owner coexist with their furry pal.

Your cat will want to climb into small spaces. A collar can become a liability if your cat is especially adventurous. A collar that will breakaway is the best idea for safety. Purchasing one could be the difference between whether your cat lives or dies when he gets stuck.

TIP! If you are planning to get a pet cat, be sure to check with your local shelter. There are tons of loving cats there, and the fees often cover the needed vet care.

If your cat is female, it is very important that she be spayed when the vet feels she is old enough. Even if you have an indoor female cat, if it escapes when it’s in heat it could get you a bunch of kittens you weren’t planning on having. Getting your cat spayed is a great way to stop this from going on.

Be sure your cat gets regular checkups at the vet. They should go in for a routine check-up at least once a year, possibly more if they need important shots. If there are obvious issues with your cat, it needs to see the vet immediately. Don’t wait!

If your cat ventures outdoors, it’s key to get your cat a collar which has a contact tag. Cats can go far from home and without a tag they could become lost forever. Make sure at a minimum to put your pets name and your phone number on the tag.

TIP! Brush and trim your cat’s fur often to keep it looking sharp. Cats must be brushed and groomed frequently.

Prevent your cat from getting zapped by coating exposed wires with bitter apple. If this does not work, make sure you cover the cords. Any loose cords should be bundled up and placed in things like paper towel rolls. Any electrical cords that are really thin (and very tempting) should really be hidden whenever possible.

Owning a cat is quite rewarding. They bring great comfort to their owner. But, you must understand proper cat care in order to have a happy animal. Use these tips to achieve a great relationship.