Curiosity is something that every cat has. They are independent but love to love. They are very perplexing animals; however, it does feel nice when one is purring on your lap. The following advice will help you care for your pet.

When your female cat is old enough, it’s vital to get her spayed. While your cat may be an indoor one, there is always the possibility it can get out and you wind up with kittens one day. If you want to prevent this, spay your cat.

TIP! Cats love to get into tight, small spaces. If your cat wears a collar they might get hurt, and stuck.

You can also consider outfitting your cat with a chip so you can monitor its whereabouts. Even cats who live completely indoors may someday decide to bolt out the door or escape out of a window. A tagged collar might help get kitty home, but it can just as easily come off if snagged on a branch. Microchips are minuscule, but can hold all the essential information about your cat and its hope. Nearly all veterinarians and shelters now have scanners capable of reading the information on these chips, and since they are under the skin, there is no chance of the chip getting lost.

Never let a cat become bored. Although you may believe that cats just lie around, this isn’t the case. They need their exercise. Sadly, this is overlooked by many cat owners. Cats who get bored can actually become depressed or display other undesirable behaviors. Give them toys and things to do. Indoor cats will be happier if you provide them with climbing resources and practical things such as scratching posts.

Cats are nocturnal animals. This means that they will usually be quite active at night. Close the door to prevent the noise from getting to you. This should help them from waking you during the night, pouncing on your feet under the covers.

TIP! Part of caring for your cat is taking it to regular veterinarian checkups. They should have a routine check-up once a year or more if important shots are due.

Crystals in the urine, an issue many male cats have, can be avoided with the proper food. These crystals can cause a lot of pain to your cat and could end up costing you a lot in medical expenses. Look for foods that are low in magnesium for your cat. Be sure that you read the label. Products that have fish in them have more magnesium usually when compared to products with poultry.

Many times, cat meds can be purchased on the internet for less than they’d cost if you got them from your vet. Sometimes you might not have time to wait for an online order to arrive however, such as if your cat needs an immediate antibiotic or emergency treatment. But, if your cat is on a regular medication, you can save quite a bit by buying it online.

Try not to let your cat go outside. This can be something that isn’t very safe for a cat. Your cat can pick up fleas, or worse. Your cat might be injured by people, other animals and even vehicles on the road. If you’ve just got to have the cat outdoors, limit it to an enclosed area.

TIP! It can be hard to prevent your cat from jumping on the counter. Cats like heights and like to see everything happening around them.

If your cats create messes near the litter box, don’t punish them. It might be happening because you aren’t caring for the box good enough. The cat will be fearful of you if you punish it.

Buy your cat a fountain to drink from. This will make things more comfortable and homey for your cat. A constant stream of water will entice them to stay hydrated. Really, there are many cats that would much prefer to drink from a running sink faucet as opposed to their own bowl. Installing a drinking fountain for your cat is a more eco-friendly way to provide it with some running water.

Cats need to play! It is pretty normal for all different types of species to have an inner desire to play. A cats energy might fade over time, but that does not mean that it no longer likes to play. Therefore, be sure you set some time for playing with your cat.

TIP! Look online for cat medicine. In some cases you may not be able to buy online, in the case of emergencies, for instance.

Think carefully about where you put the litter box for your cat. Your first instinct will be to put it in a nook or cranny so that you won’t see or smell it. The cat has to be able to easily access the box. Felines can be finicky. This means you must give them the right location and make sure it is inviting. If the littler box is on cold, hard floor, try placing a rug beneath it.

If your pet is expecting kittens, be sure she has a spacious area to give birth in. Giving birth to all the kittens can take hours, so you shouldn’t expect things to be over and done with quickly. If you suspect that there are more kittens inside your cat and it has been six hours of labor or more, you should take your cat to the veterinarian immediately.

If you have a cat who won’t use the litter box, try moving it someplace else. Cats know that during the elimination process they are left somewhat vulnerable, so moving the box to a more private area should help. Try placing it in a laundry room or a basement, where there is limited traffic in the home.

TIP! When getting a little kitty for your kid, set boundaries beforehand. Make sure your kids know where the cat can be.

If you previously adopted a cat when you were home all the time, and now you are away much more, your cat might get lonely. In order to prevent them from becoming too lonely whenever you’re away, consider adopting a second cat.

Cats are very interesting creatures and you could spend the rest of your life trying to figure them out. The tips here will help you keep them that way. A well cared for cat can be a true joy and can be the beginning of a great friendship.