Does a cat reside in your home? If you are, then you will know how precious that cat is. Cats need a lot of care and love. Luckily, you can provide everything your cat will need. Keep reading for some excellent advice on cat care.

Avoid using dog products on cats. Cats often have negative reactions to dog products. This happens a lot with flea products. Flea products meant for dogs can seriously harm or kill a cat. Once you use flea prevention products on your dog, it should be kept separately from the cat for hours.

TIP! Keep your drape cords away from your cats. Cats should not be allowed to play with these cords, as they can get parts of their body stuck in the cord loops.

Your cat needs a collar and tag if it goes outside. Cats can get lost, and they need a tag to be found. The tag should contain at least the cat’s name and your contact information.

Try to avoid your cat from becoming bored each day. Cats need play and exercise like other pets. This is sadly overlooked by some cat owners. A bored cat runs the risk of developing depression and obsessive compulsive disorders that may harm them or something in your home. Give them lots of space for exercise and plenty of toys they can play with. If they’re inside kitties, get them a post or something else that they can scratch and climb.

Most cats are nocturnal. Do not be surprised if your cat is very active at night. If your kittens are keeping you awake into the middle of the night, close the door to your bedroom. This will ensure you sleep much better, without cats jumping into bed with you.

TIP! Grooming is an essential part of your cat’s care. They need to be brushed every day.

Pick a good spot for the cat’s litter box. Never put the box near your cat’s food, and pick a quiet place away from areas that are heavily used. To minimize odors, keep it in a spot that’s well ventilated. This will keep both you and your cat happy.

Avoid bladder crystals and stones by feeding high quality food. Your cat will experience considerable pain when he has to pass these crystals, and it’s not an easy (or cheap) problem for your veterinarian to fix. Let your cat have food that doesn’t have a lot of magnesium in it. Just as in the grocery store, take the time to read the labels. Fish products are usually higher in magnesium.

When you get a kitten for kids, you have to set up a few rules first. Tell your kids which rooms the cat is allowed in. If your cat is going to be one that stays inside, let the kids know that it’s not allowed outside. Clearly explaining the rules will limit future mishaps.

TIP! Cats like sneaking into small spaces. If your cat wears a collar they might get hurt, and stuck.

If you’re thinking about raising an outdoor cat, you should strongly reconsider. Letting your cat outside greatly increases his risk level. Your cat may get fleas or something even worse than that. Other animals and vehicles could also injure your cat. Let your cat go out in your backyard and play on your lawn.

Do you have a cat and a dog? That dog will really love stalking (and eating) that cat food. This is why you should have a feeding area for your cat that is too high for the dog to reach. The added benefit is that you will prevent fights over the other animals food and water when one of them runs out.

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TIP! If your cat is a female, you’ll want to spay her once she reaches the proper age. Even if you have an indoor female cat, if it escapes when it’s in heat it could get you a bunch of kittens you weren’t planning on having.

Don’t get mad at your cat if it urinates outside the litter box. Your cat probably did not use the litter box because it is not well taken care of. If your pet is punished, you won’t do anything but make it afraid of you.

In all likelihood, your cat is very important to your household and taking good care of him is quite important to you. WIth the tips here, you are more ready than ever to care for your cat. Make the most of the tips here to keep your cat happy and healthy. Your cat will love you if you love him.