Cats are terrific, but are quite particular. When it comes to cats, you have to be aware of many things in order to properly raise it. Continue reading to learn excellent tips on properly providing for your cat.

If you are planning to get a pet cat, be sure to check with your local shelter. Many shelters are overcrowded with lovable and adoptable cats. Besides, adopting a cat from an animal shelter means you are saving this cat’s life.

TIP! Any drape cords should be hidden so the cat cannot grab hold of them. Cats love to play with hanging cords and this poses the threat of your cat hurting themselves or becoming entangled.

Make sure that your cat is well groomed. Cats should have regular combings. This will keep your cat’s coat clean. Having a clean fur coat helps reduce the amount of hairballs that get spit up around the house. Keeping a cat groomed properly can help them and your home look great.

Make sure you keep all the recommended appointments with your cat’s veterinarian. Not only will a veterinarian give a general physical exam, he or she will also make sure they have necessary vaccinations. Try keeping the same vet throughout your cat’s life. This person will be more knowledgeable on your cat’s history.

If your cat is getting older, you can increase it’s comfort by placing its bed over a heated tile. A terra cotta tile about a foot square is ideal. You can warm it with a 15-20 minute stop in your oven, set to approximately 200 degrees. Wrap this in a towel that’s old and then place it under the bed the cat sleeps on. If you want, change it now and then so the warmth continues.

TIP! If you want to have the love of a cat, get one from a shelter. There are so many great cats at shelters.

If your cat is a female, be sure to get her spayed when she is old enough. Even if she spends her time indoors, it is possible for her to escape while in heat, causing an unwanted pregnancy. You can prevent this by spaying or neutering your cat.

Make sure your cat has a collar and tag if outside. Cats can go far from home and without a tag they could become lost forever. Some required information on the tag would be the cat’s name and your personal phone number.

Electrical Cords

TIP! Cats love to get into tight, small spaces. If they have to wear a collar then there may be a risk because your cat could end up getting stuck.

Spray bitter apple on electrical cords. You can also cover your cords under a rug or tape them to walls. Use paper towel or wrapping paper rolls to bundle up cords. If you have electrical cords laying out that are not being used, put them away as cats can play with them and then move on to live electrical cords.

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. Use what you’ve just learned to make wise cat care decisions. Knowledge can help you have a much better relationship with your pet.