If you were able to save a cat’s life, would you? There are millions of cats out there who are in need of a good home. If you need to know more about caring for your new cat, keep reading.

If you want to add a cat to your family, go to the shelter first to see what is available. Shelters all over the country are crowded with marvelous cats, and most provide veterinarian care with the adoption fee. When adopting a shelter cat, you’re saving a life and aiding in controlling the cat population.

TIP! Cats love to get into tight, small spaces. A collar can be a dangerous thing to wear in such a place.

Dog products shouldn’t be used on cats. They can have very strong and possibly negative reactions to dog products. This is particularly true when it comes to flea treatments. Products used for flea prevention in dogs can be very harmful to your cat. Keep them separated by at least one door for a few hours after treatment.

Make sure your cat has a collar and tag if outside. The collar and tag will make it easier to find the cat if it gets lost. Be sure that the pet’s name and also your home number are on the tag.

Electrical Cords

TIP! Cats generally will meow for a reason. You need to learn what their meows mean.

Spray electrical cords with some bitter apple to prevent cats from getting electrocuted. If they like to chew on cords, try covering them as much as you can. Loose cords can be bundled and tucked inside old paper towel rolls. 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.

Do not allow your cat to be bored frequently. Play and exercise are both important for cats’ well-being. Sadly, this is overlooked by many cat owners. Cats that are bored may develop obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, or other issues that can harm their health. Give them enough space to exercise in, with fun toys to keep them entertained. Be sure your cat has something they can climb and something they can scratch if they stay inside.

Being nocturnal is quite normal for cats. Do not be surprised if your cat is very active at night. Try closing the door if your cats are keeping you awake at night. This will ensure they don’t pounce on you at nighttime, or wake you up in other ways.

Litter Box

Pick the right location for your cat’s litter box. The litter box should not be kept in an area with a lot of traffic. In addition, it does not need to be near the cat’s food. To prevent a strong stench, be sure this space is well-ventilated. Your cat and your nose will thank you for the effort.

Cats love to be clean. In long-haired cats, hairballs can result from excess grooming. There are special foods you can buy to try to help with this particular problem. Some foods are in fact formulated specifically to reduce hairballs, and that is a good idea for your cat and you too.

TIP! If the cats scratching post is looking tired and worn out, never throw it away. This is the condition that cats like the most.

You should be proud to take care of your kitty. Afterall, you have opened your home to a cat that needs your love and care. As a pet owner, you can bond with your new cat in a mutually beneficial relationship. Having a cat can actually help you to live a happier and longer life.