Cats can be a handful. There are so many things you need to know if you’re going to own a cat. The article below has the information you need.

Think about putting a microchip in your pet. Your pet may be an indoor cat, but that doesn’t mean it’ll never dash through your door or slide outside via an open window. Tags and collars are great, but if a cat escapes them, there’s no guaranteeing they’ll make it home safe and sound. A microchip, on the other hand, is inserted near your cat’s shoulder blades, takes only a second to do, and all of your current contact info can be read through the chip. All shelters and vets have scanners to ensure your cat gets home safely.

TIP! Check with your shelter before you purchase a cat. Many shelters are overcrowded with lovable and adoptable cats.

Cats are often nocturnal creatures. This means nighttime is an active time for your cat. If you are having a hard time sleeping because of your cats, close the door. It also protects your toes from those crafty midnight pounces.

Put the litter box in an ideal location. Don’t put it where the cat can’t reach it or near their food. To minimize odors, keep it in a spot that’s well ventilated. Both you and your cat will be happier.

Remember to take care of your cat’s ears if you travel with him. You cat is used to being at home and it might shock him to hear you singing at the top of your lungs. Keep the music turned down or off when taking your cat on a trip.

TIP! Cats like to get into all sorts of small spaces. If your cat is such a curious one, wearing a collar is a safety risk, as your feline might get stuck because of it while exploring.

When getting a little kitty for your kid, set boundaries beforehand. Make sure the children know where the cat is and is not allowed to roam. If you want to have an indoor cat, explain to your children that they cannot let it go outside. This will ensure nothing bad happens.

Try as hard as you can to understand the reason your cat meows at you. By paying attention, you should eventually learn why your cat is meowing. The meows may indicate hunger, happiness, or a desire to go exploring. By giving her the proper amount of attention you can better attend to her needs.

You should talk to other pet owners if you have an issue with yours. 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! If your cat is outdoors, it needs to have a tagged collar. Tags can save you a lot of trouble if your cat gets lost.

Do not discipline your cat if it makes a mess outside its litter box. When this occurs, it tends to be because the box is not being maintained properly. Punishing your cat will just make them afraid of you later on.

You cat needs to get used to being in a carrier. Understand that cats don’t react to punishment as well as dogs. Cats learn well when they feel encouraged. Take their favorite blanket and place it within the carrier. Then leave the carrier with the door ajar in a frequented spot. Sooner or later, your cat will try out the appealing space and learn to be comfortable in it. Transporting your cat inside the carrier will then become much easier.

High quality cat food is important to your cat. Check out the ingredients, and make sure meat tops the list. Avoid brands that use non-meat fillers like corn. Cats need meat, not vegetables.

TIP! Think about getting a microchip for your feline friend. Even an indoor cat could someday jump through an open window.

Make sure your cat always wears identification tags on their collar. Even a cat you plan on always staying indoors should have identification. Cats are curious creatures and an open door or window is likely to be explored. Make sure the collars have tags with your contact information and your veterinarian’s information as well. Include your cat’s special diet or medical needs on his identification.

There are cats out there that are relatively self-sufficient, and owning one can really be a breeze. Other cats demand more from an owner, though, so you need to be ready to provide the assistance they require. By using this information, you can take the best care possible of your cat. Knowledge can help you have a much better relationship with your pet.