Poets and songwriters have often spoken of the importance of a cat in a home. He said households depend on cats, which is sort of true. A cat who is healthy and behaves well can be a great companion, and he can be an asset to any home. Sometimes, cats are very difficult to live with. Keep reading for some valuable tips on cat care.

Your cat needs a collar and tag if it goes outside. Cats can travel a long way and this will help you get them back easier if they’re lost. Even if the tag just has your phone number, it can be the difference between your pet coming home and being lost forever.

TIP! If your cat is female, it is very important that she be spayed when the vet feels she is old enough. It is best to spay your cat, even if you want to keep it as an indoor pet.

A lot of cat owners have a hard time keeping their cats off the counter. Cats have a natural predilection for staking out a nice elevated place where they have a good view of their surroundings. To help prevent your cat from doing this, you can establish tall places specifically for your cat. The use of a cat tower within your kitchen or close by can help make the cats stay off the counter.

A microchip for your cat is something that you should really consider. Even though a cat may live inside, you never know if it will run out the door to escape. Other measures like tags and collars are better than nothing, but your cat may wriggle out of them or they may be torn off by outdoor hazards. A microchip, on the other hand, is inserted near your cat’s shoulder blades, takes only a second to do, and all of your current contact info can be read through the chip. Most vets and all shelters can scan these chips to get your contact information and there is no risk of losing the chip.

Do not allow your cat to stay bored all of the time. Cats should have a lot of exercise and playtime. Too many cat owners forget this simple fact. Bored cats can develop depression and other harmful health conditions. Give them exercise space and a lot of toys. If your cats are kept inside, set up a carpet lined scratching pad or post. There are many climbing structures that can be purchased or made for cats who enjoy heights.

TIP! Take your cat to the vet every year. They should have a routine check-up once a year or more if important shots are due.

Cats can have nocturnal tendencies. This means that they will be the most active at night time. If your kittens are keeping you awake into the middle of the night, close the door to your bedroom. They should stay away from you at night and then they will not be able to jump on your feet.

Make sure your cat gets lots of love. Cats are looking for a response in kind in exchange for all of the friendly companionship they offer to humans. Cats, just like people, want to feel like a loved part of a family. Socialization is important to them. They want to feel like a valuable, happy family member, too.

Owning a cat is not something that can be simple, but it is rewarding. No matter how active or lazy your cat may be, the advice you have read will help the two of you get along better. You’ll better your relationship in no time.