When cats aren’t napping, they need to be kept occupied. If left alone, you may find that cats climb everywhere and scratch everything. Cat toys are an easy way to keep this from happening. Learn from this article about how to properly care for your feline friend.

Move any drape cords out of a cat’s reach. These can cause your cat to choke if they get a hold of it. This is an extreme choking hazard and should be prevented at all costs. Hide the cords for safety sake.

TIP! Drape cords should be kept distant from cats. The cats will start playing with the cords and they can easily wrap around their necks.

Heated tiles are great to put under a cat bed, especially for the comfort of aging felines. Place a tile made of terra cotta or a similar material in an oven heated to 200 degrees for around 15 to 20 minutes. You should wrap it with a towel and place it under the bed your cat uses. If necessary, change this out every few hours.

It can be hard to prevent your cat from jumping on the counter. Cats enjoy heights, as they can monitor events from their perch. You may be able to battle this issue by giving your cat a high place to chill. One way to keep your cats from continuously jumping on the counter is to install a cat tower near the problem counter.

Normally cats are nocturnal animals. Because of this, night time is when they are most active. If your cats keep you up at night, kick them out of the bedroom. You won’t be able to hear their sounds as they walk around in the middle of the night.

TIP! You must always take your cat for regular vet check-ups. Your vet will provide your cat with the shots it needs to prevent disease.

Give your cat lots of attention and love. Cats give us a lot of love, and they deserve to be loved back. Cats have a need to communicate with others to show they are part of the family. They want to know they are a valuable part of the family too.

If you get a cat for your kids, make sure to set clear boundaries in advance. Let them know which rooms and areas your cats should not be in. If your cat is going to be one that stays inside, let the kids know that it’s not allowed outside. You need to establish some clear rules for your pet and ask everyone to follow them.

Think hard before allowing your cat outside. It is dangerous in today’s society. Your cat may pick up some fleas, or worse. Additionally, your cat is likely to be injured by cars or other animals. If your cat really wants to go outside, let it out into a small area in your yard.

TIP! Be sure you have a vet that your cat sees regularly so it stays healthy. Your cat should always go to the vet for a check up, especially if they need shots.

Feed your cat quality cat food. Look over the ingredients in the food, and be sure there is some kind of a protein source in the food. Try omitting non-protein based foods such as corn from your regular diet. Cats are naturally carnivorous. If you want to keep them healthy and happy, you need to feed them plenty of animal protein.

It is important for a cat to have play time. Really play is something that all mammals share, no matter the age. An aging cat may not have as much energy as a kitten, however it will still enjoy a little light playtime. Take the time to play and have a little fun with your kitty.

Don’t send a declawed cat outdoors for long periods of time. Cats without claws cannot stand up for themselves if they encounter another animal. The result could be injuries or death. Indoor cats are the only ones that you should declaw. Even then, you should only have the front claws removed. Don’t remove the back claws. This will help ensure that your cat remains safe in case it gets outside, and back claws will not scratch any furniture.

TIP! If you have an outdoor cat, make sure he is fitted with a tag and collar. Cats enjoy traveling far away, so a tag can help your cat get back home when lost.

Don’t ever give your cat medicine created for humans. If your cat needs medication, then you should take your cat to the vet. Using human medicine for your cat is harmful and can even cause their death.

Panting is not a normal response for a cat. Panting is a normal thing in dogs. While excessive panting may be a symptom of anxiety, it may also be a symptom of something more serious. Be sure and make an appointment with your vet if you notice any respiratory problems with your cat.

Preventing hairballs can help keep your cat sanitary and safe. Mix in pumpkin (a teaspoon’s worth) into the cat’s food. Add in an extra spoonful of water if the mixture is too thick. There are cat foods that have anti-hairball components in them, like extra fiber, that can help.

TIP! Do not allow your cat to be bored frequently. Your cat needs plenty of exercise.

Cats have lots of energy and toys can help keep them busy. Learning tips like this can keep your cat from destroying your home. Use the recommendations in this piece as you pick toys with which to occupy your cat.