When cats aren’t napping, they need to be kept occupied. If left unchecked, cats tend to climb on furniture and scratch your belongings. If you want your cat to be good and mind you, you have to know a few things first. The following article lists information about some great cat toys.

Animal Shelter

TIP! Check your local animal shelter if you have plans to get a cat. Shelters are filled with beautiful cats, and the fee for adoption will basically cover the needed vet care.

When looking for a new cat for your home, contact a local animal shelter. Shelters have a lot of cats in them and you can get one adopted for a small fee. When a cat is adopted from an animal shelter it saves its life and it helps control the cat population.

Put a heated tile beneath the bed of an older cat. Allow a terra cotta tile to heat in an oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the tile inside a towel and place it under the cat’s bedding. If necessary, you can change out the tile after a few hours to provide continued warmth.

Do not allow your cat to get an electrical shock. Spray them with bitter apple, and they will stay away. If your cat still prefers to chew on cords, then you have to make sure they stay covered. You can do this by bundling them and tucking them in the cardboard rolls that are used for paper towels. Put away electronics that have tempting, thin cords when you’re not using them.

TIP! Brush and trim your cat’s fur often to keep it looking sharp. Cats need to be combed or brushed regularly.

You may want to have a microchip implanted in your cat. Indoor cats can slip out an open door. Although collars and tags are beneficial, some cats may even wiggle out of them. Microchips are very small, and you can note your name, address and phone number in there. Many vets and shelters have scanners that can read these chips and since they lie under their skin, they won’t get lost.

Male cats often develop crystals in their bladder that come out in their urine. This can be prevented with a proper diet. Your cat will experience considerable pain when he has to pass these crystals, and it’s not an easy (or cheap) problem for your veterinarian to fix. Keep your cat’s diet low in levels of magnesium. Read the labels. Fish-based foods usually contain more magnesium than poultry-based foods.

You should think before allowing your cat to go outside. Being outside all the time is not safe for a cat. They can get fleas, feline AIDS or even leukemia. Cats can be gravely injured or killed by eating poisonous plants, flowers or chemicals, hit by a car or even harmed by neighbors who are irritated with your cat on their property. If letting your cat outdoors is important to you, let them out in a safe fenced area.

TIP! Cats can really scratch up your home. If you find your cat tearing up things around your home, buy a scratching post or cat tower.

Do you have a cat and a dog? Dogs will always try to eat a cat’s food. Try locating your cat’s food in an area where the dog cannot go. This will ensure they don’t fight over food or water, too.

Cats love to be high up. A happy cat is one that has a safe living environment. You can give your cat on a shelf to accomplish this. Make sure that this area is comfortable for your cat.

Seek the advice of others if you have a cat that’s giving you problems. It’s possible that you could solve the problem on your own, but why deny help from others? There are many online cat forums that you can visit and ask some questions. If necessary, you may need to call your veterinarian.

TIP! You may want to have a microchip implanted in your cat. One day, your indoor cat might leave through an open door or get outside through an open window.

Never try to teach a cat to use a litter box. This will be something that the cat does on its own and it usually is not learned fro another. Some thing that rubbing a cats paws in litter is smart, but it can actually cause them mental trauma.

To avoid having a picky cat, switch up the kinds of foods you give him. If you feed them the same thing day in and day out, it will be the only thing that they are able to eat later on down the road.

Do not throw away your cat’s scratching post because it is starting to look very old and worn. It’s in this condition that cats tend to love it the most. If you throw it away, you may find your cat scratching on other surfaces.

TIP! The litter box for your cat needs to be kept in a good place. The litter box should not be kept in an area with a lot of traffic.

You need to provide your cat with a drinking fountain. Your cat will prefer drinking from running water since this is a natural behavior. Cat usually respond well to streams. Cats will even drink from the tap if they can! A fountain will allow your cat to have the happiness of drinking from running water.

Make sure that your cat has a collar on with ID tags on it. This applies even to indoor cats. Cats are naturally curious and a door or window that’s open invites exploration. Tags should include contact information for you and your vet. This precaution is especially important when your cat has an existing medical condition.

Be patient with your pets when you introduce a second cat into your home. There will be an inevitable adjustment period as your two cats get to know each other. They may swat at each other or hiss; that’s nothing to be concerned about. Eventually, they will come to tolerate and actually enjoy being together.

TIP! Your cat needs love and attention. Cats need companionship as much as we do.

Cats can be rambunctious, and there’s no better way to address that than with toys. Not only will it help them release that energy, it will keep them away from your valuable furnishings. You should take cue from this article and do not let your cat destroy your property.