Once a cat is adopted, many obstacles may present themselves to the family taking on the new pet. Never purchase a cat before you plan in advance. But, it is impossible to predict every potential issue that may arise. The following tips can put you in the best position as a caretaker.

Check out the shelter when adopting a cat. Shelters all over the country are crowded with marvelous cats, and most provide veterinarian care with the adoption fee. You really are saving a life and keeping the feline population in check all in one!

TIP! Local rescue organizations are a great place to look for a new pet cat. Many shelters are overcrowded with lovable and adoptable cats.

Your cat needs to be groomed properly. Brushing is a very important component towards taking care of your cat. If this is done frequently, your cat’s coat will be much cleaner. Doing this will also help alleviate hairballs and excessive shedding. Keeping a cat well groomed basically helps keep them looking their best, along with your home.

Cats like sneaking into small spaces. Collars can be a safety risk if your kitty gets stuck. A breakaway style collar will literally “break away” if pulled too tight. It can really be a life saver for your cat.

A heated tile for underneath your cat’s bed can provide real comfort. You can do this simply with a terra cotta tile measuring a square foot. Heated in your oven around 200 degrees, it can be ready in as little as 15 minutes. Wrap this in a towel that’s old and then place it under the bed the cat sleeps on. You can even switch it out every few hours.

TIP! You should always bring your cat to a vet to make sure everything is okay. In addition to checking the health of your cat, a vet can give him any needed shots.

If you have an outdoor cat, make sure he is fitted with a tag and collar. Tags can save you a lot of trouble if your cat gets lost. The tag should contain the pet’s name, your phone number and your name as well.

Think about having a microchip inserted in your cat. Indoor cats can slip out an open door. A collar and identification tags can help bring your pet back to you. But experts point out that collars that do not snap apart quickly if your cat gets it caught on a branch or even a bush can accidentally strangle your cat. A microchip will hold the contact information to reach you and it’s only about as big as a piece of rice. The chip will never be lost because it is under the skin and it can easily be read by any shelter or vet.

Most cats prefer to be mostly nocturnal. It is likely that they will want to play while you are sleeping. If you have trouble sleeping because of cats, you may want to close the door to your bedroom. You can keep them from bothering you at night and getting your feet while you’re under covers.

TIP! Do not allow your cat to get an electrical shock. Spray them with bitter apple, and they will stay away.

Cats frequently groom themselves. When your cat has long hair, this can cause hairballs. Buy your cat specialized food to prevent this problem. Some cat foods are specially formulated to help reduce hairballs, which is good for both you and your pet.

These training tips are great for any type of cat, irrespective of breed or age. They are basic ideas relating to raising small cats in all sorts of circumstances. Make sure you find time for fun with your cat because this is very important.