If you could save the life of an animal, would you? There are literally millions of cats that need a good home. Simply bring one home, make a friend for the rest of the cat’s life, and use the advice in this article.

Make sure your cat has a collar and tag if outside. Cats sometimes travel a bit when outside, and a tag prevents any mishaps due to your cat being lost. Make sure at a minimum to put your pets name and your phone number on the tag.

TIP! If your cat is a female, you’ll want to spay her once she reaches the proper age. Even if you own an indoor cat, it might produce many kittens if it escapes during mating season.

Adore your cat! Cats are by nature companion animals, but that companionship goes two ways. Like most people, cats like to socialize and feel that they are included in the family. They want to feel like a valuable, happy family member, too.

You should create a tablecloth for the cats in your home. Sometimes cats prefer to remove food from their bowls and eat it from the floor. This habit means you will end up with cat food on the floor to clean up. There are two ways to do this. You can either put a placemat under the food bowl or use some stray fabric that you have lying around. Either way, you can easily get rid of debris by dumping them in the garbage.

Try to figure out why your cat makes meowing sounds. After you have coexisted with a pet cat for a long while, you are sure to figure out its meowing patterns. This could mean that your cat needs to go out or is hungry. By taking note of your cat’s cues, you’ll understand it more.

TIP! Be sure your cat gets regular checkups at the vet. They need a check-up and possibly vaccinations.

Unlike most humans, cats love heights. To keep your cat happy, offer him a spot of his own up high where he can survey his kingdom. If a big cat tree is not something that can easily fit in your home, get a sturdy shelf that can be used as a perch. Install a small bed for your cat or a comfortable blanket.

Speak to other people if you’re having cat troubles. Other cat owners may have had experience with what you’re going through right now. Your local veterinarian can be a valuable source of information, but there is also help available online by joining user forums geared toward cat owners.

Litter Box

TIP! Do not use dog products on your cat. Cats can have strong negative reactions to a product that is formulated for a dog.

It’s important to let your cat see where you place the litter box, but it’s not always a good idea to force your cat to learn how to use it. This is not something that needs to be taught. In fact, it comes naturally for them. Don’t try to force them into the litter box by rubbing their paws or face in it.

Brush your cat’s coat often. Brushing improves the circulation of your cat and helps spread natural oils in the fur. It is also a good way to reduce shedding. This helps to stop hairballs and their associated medical problems.

Think about extra care before you take home a cat with long hair. Cats are beautiful with hair that is long and silky. Your clothes, floors and furniture aren’t. Do not choose a long-haired cat unless you can commit to the added cleanup. Long-haired cats also often have hairballs.

TIP! A cat can do a lot of damage to your furniture with its claws. A kitty tower can really save your furniture.

Adopting a cat is a wonderful thing to do. You are offering your love and your home to an animal desperately in need of it. The bonds that you form with your cat will last a lifetime. Take care of him and he will do the same for you.