Famous poet T.S Elliot. T.S. Eliot stated cats make a home and there is evidence that this opinion is well-deserved. A cat that is healthy, well-mannered, and happy can make an excellent addition to your home. Sometimes, cats are very difficult to live with. Here are some things you need to know if you’re going to be living with a cat.

Cats love to get into tight, small spaces. If they are wearing a collar this can pose a safety risk, in the event that your cat gets stuck. A breakaway collar will let go if it is pulled on too tightly. This can save all “nine” of your cat’s lives.

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.

To help your old cat feel comfy, keep a tile that’s heated under their bed. A terra cotta tile heated in your oven on about 200 degrees and for 15 minutes will do. Cover with a small blanket or towel, then place it beneath your pet’s bed. If you want, you can change it for a newly warmed tile a few hours later.

Your cat’s claws can wreck havoc on your furniture. If you have a cat that is wreaking havoc, buy a scratching post. Teach your cat to scratch this instead of the legs of a couch or sofa. This will take some time but will be a valuable investment.

It can be hard to make your cat stay off the counter. Cats enjoy going into high places so that they can see what’s going on around the house. It helps to provide your cat with certain high spaces where it is allowed. Having a cat tower near your kitchen will keep them off your counters.

TIP! Make sure you purchase medicines and treatments specifically for cats. Cats can have strong negative reactions to a product that is formulated for a dog.

It’s often cheaper to buy medicine for your cat on the Internet instead of through your vet. In some cases you may not be able to buy online, in the case of emergencies, for instance. You can save as much as fifty percent on the stuff you regularly use.

Make sure you are cautious about leaving a young child alone with a small kitten. A cat should not be left alone with a child under five years of age. Younger children cannot fully understand how to properly handle a small pet. Once the child is older and more mature, decide if they are ready for the responsibility of handling animals.

Cats enjoy climbing on things. To make your cat really happy, give it a place to safely survey its area. If you can’t afford a cat tree, give the cat an empty shelf of his own. You could even place a small bed or blanket on the shelf to make your cat feel more comfortable.

Litter Box

Never try to teach a cat how to work a litter box. This skill is something your cats pick up on their own, not something that can be taught to them. While many pet owners try to introduce their cats to a litter box by rubbing their front paws in the sand, this can sometimes traumatize your furry friend.

Feed your cat several different kinds of food if you want to the lower the chances of them becoming finicky. If they eat the same food all the time without changing it, that may be the only one they’ll eat later on.

Drinking Fountain

Purchase a drinking fountain for your cat. In nature, a cat prefers to drink from running streams. House cats prefer this as well. Cats react better to a moving water stream. In fact, many cats like to drink from a running faucet instead of drinking from their water bowls. A drinking fountain provides a more natural and environmentally friendly way for your cat to drink.

Use canned food for your cat. While dry food is less expensive, canned food is healthier. Your cat will get extra protein and fats from canned food along with some of the water it needs every day. For older feline’s, it’s also quite a lot easier to chew. Your vet can give you more information specific to your cat, though canned food is usually better.

TIP! You may want to have a microchip put into your car. Even cats that live their lives entirely indoors can suddenly escape out a window or door.

It is important for a cat to have play time. Play is necessary for all mammals no matter the age or species. Older cats may not have much energy, but they still like to play. Make sure you play with your cat at least once a day.

The location of a litter box is very important. You may really want to hide that box from everyday life. The thing to remember is that your cat must have easy access to the box. Cats are finicky, so you must provide an environment that is not inconvenient or off-putting to the animal. Keep this in mind when deciding on the permanent placement for your best friend’s potty.

Being the owner of a cat isn’t always the easiest thing to be, but it is very rewarding. The tips you’ve read can help you build a better bond with your cat. You’ll have your cat purring in no time.