A cat is a very complex creature. They basically enter into your home as a mystery. With the proper advice, however, you can ensure that they are safe and cared for–even if they don’t realize that you’re the boss! These tips will ensure your cat gets the proper care it needs and deserves.

Spay your female cat. Even if your cat is an indoor cat, if she escapes while she is in heat you might end up with a lot of kittens on your hands. Spaying a cat can prevent this.

TIP! Make frequent checkups with your vet to keep your cat healthy. Cats need yearly shots and overall health assessments.

Prevent your cat from getting zapped by coating exposed wires with bitter apple. If the cat likes to chew on cords, its best to cover them as best you can. The tube from a used-up roll of paper towels makes an excellent shield for loose cords. Put away electronics that have tempting, thin cords when you’re not using them.

Cat claws are one of the worst enemies of your home and furniture. Think about a scratching post or kitty tower if your cat’s claws become a problem. Teach them to scratch on it instead of your belongings. Sooner or later, they’ll love to use it.

Microchips are an increasingly popular form of pet protection. Even an indoor cat can get the urge to run out of a door or leap through a window. A collar and identification tags can help bring your pet back to you. But experts point out that collars that do not snap apart quickly if your cat gets it caught on a branch or even a bush can accidentally strangle your cat. Microchips are as small as a rice grain and have all of your important contact information. Nearly every vet and shelter owns a scanner which can read a microchip, and since they’re implanted, there isn’t a risk of the chip falling out or getting lost.

TIP! It is not safe to use dog products for your feline friend. If you try to use products meant for dogs, it can make your cat sick, or even kill him.

You should never allow your cat to be bored all the time. Cats need play and exercise like other pets. Unfortunately there are too many cat owners who don’t properly exercise their cats. Cats who become bored often have issues that can affect them in a big way. Some of these issues are obesity due to eating out of boredom, OCD issues, fighting with other pets and depression. Give them exercise space and a lot of toys. You need to provide your cats with something they can climb and scratch.

You may not always know what your cat wants, but you can still care for him properly using the information in this article. You should do your best to look after your cat and make sure she gets everything she needs; these tips will help. You never know…perhaps cats CAN be impressed by humans. It’s possible but not a given.