Cats are sophisticated animals. Cats are something that a lot of homes have and they also are outside living on the streets in some cases. You need to learn to live inside with them. These critters can be stubborn little guys and can pose a big challenge to understanding all their little nuances.

If you plan on getting a cat for a pet, try looking into a local shelter. There are so many great cats at shelters. The fee you will have to pay typically includes vet care. Taking a cat home with you means that a life has been saved.

TIP! Make sure you keep all the recommended appointments with your cat’s veterinarian. Your vet can give you an idea of your cat’s overall health, in addition to administering any shots it may need.

Most cats tend towards nocturnal behavior. This means their behavior is quite active during the night. Close the door to prevent the noise from getting to you. This will ensure you sleep much better, without cats jumping into bed with you.

Prevent crystals from forming in the urine of male cats with the right diet. Just like kidney stones, these crystals are painful and vet bills are pricey. Choose a cat food low in magnesium. Take a look at the food’s label. Fish products tend to be higher in magnesium than poultry products.

Though cats make great pets for kids, younger kids may be too rough with them. Make sure your child knows how to pet a cat. Give them examples of how to be gentle with it and what should and should not be done. Cat’s bones aren’t quite as strong as dogs, so they must be treated gingerly.

TIP! Don’t let your cat’s days pass without stimulation and excitement! Cats require physical activity. Many owners just don’t have time.

Speak with other cat owners about any issues you may be having. Although you may want to go it alone, it can be helpful to seek advice from other people that have experience owning cats. The Internet has many cat forums where you can ask your questions, or simply speak with your vet.

Brush your cat’s coat often. Brushing spreads natural oils through the fur and also stimulates circulation. It also gets rid of shedding hair. This will help to eliminate hairballs, which build in your cat’s stomach and prevents it from grooming itself.

Let your cat get comfortable using a carrier. While punishment is a good strategy to train dogs, it is not adapted to cats. They are much better with encouragement. Place the open carrier in an area that your cat visits often and outfit it with a favorite toy and blanket. This will teach your cat that the carrier is a good thing. This makes transporting much easier.

TIP! Avoid bladder crystals and stones by feeding high quality food. Passing such crystals is a painful experience for your cat, and your wallet isn’t going to enjoy the vet bill.

If possible, always choose canned cat food. It is usually more expensive than dry food, but it is more beneficial. There is more water, more fat and more protein in it. For older feline’s, it’s also quite a lot easier to chew. Be sure to ask your vet about your pet’s food; however, canned food is usually the best for your cat.

Does it feel like your home is overrun with your cat’s hair? Cats can shed quite a bit; therefore, it’s important that you maintain proper grooming habits by brushing them often. If your cat sheds often, you will need to brush him more often. Frequent brushing or combing keeps the cat from getting a tangled, matted coat.

Litter Box

TIP! A tablecloth for the feeding area can be quite useful. Some cats prefer to remove their food from the dish and eat it off to the side.

Really consider where you place the litter box. It’s tempting to keep it in an inconspicuous place where it won’t be seen or smelled. The litter box needs to be placed in a spot that your cat can reach very easily. Cats tend to be finicky, so you’ll want to provide a location that isn’t off-putting to your cat. If the littler box is on cold, hard floor, try placing a rug beneath it.

Now that you’ve read this advice, you should better be able to outsmart your feline companion. Before you know it, they will know where they are and are not allowed. Unlike with dogs, training a cat isn’t a simple matter, but most cats do end up being well-behaved in the end.