A cat is a very complex creature. They basically enter into your home as a mystery. Fortunately, if you educate yourself, you can better care for them. These tips can help you give them necessary care.

Your home likely has no small spaces a curious cat won’t want to investigate. If they have a collar, this can be a safety issue if they get stuck. Breakaway collars are designed to release in these situations. Using this collar will prevent your cat from injuring itself.

TIP! Keep your cat properly groomed. Brushing is a very important component towards taking care of your cat.

Part of caring for your cat is taking it to regular veterinarian checkups. Your cat should always go to the vet for a check up, especially if they need shots. Cats should go to a vet immediately if they have any conditions, health problems, or injuries that need to be tended to right away.

Have your cat chipped so you can find him if he runs away. You may not have had trouble with your cat getting loose previously, but it can happen at any time by accident. Although collars and tags are beneficial, some cats may even wiggle out of them. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. Most vets and animal shelters will have a microchip scanner and because it’s under the animal’s skin it can never become lost.

Cats can tend to be more nocturnal than not. It is likely that they will want to play while you are sleeping. If your cats keep you up late at night, you should close the bedroom door. This can keep them from waking you up at night and from pouncing on feet under the blankets.

TIP! Put bitter apple on all electrical cords. If this does not work, make sure you cover the cords.

Male felines tend to get crystals in the urine that can be prevented with proper diet. Passing such crystals is a painful experience for your cat, and your wallet isn’t going to enjoy the vet bill. Look for foods that are low in magnesium for your cat. Check the ingredients list on the label. Products that contain fish are normally much higher in magnesium over ones containing poultry.

If you have to travel with a cat you should remember their ears. You may think it’s a good idea to listen to loud music on your stereo, but cats generally don’t enjoy this. Spare your cat’s sensitive hearing by keeping the volume down at all times.

Before you consider buying a kitten for your children, make sure clear boundaries are set before you bring the kitten home. Make sure that you let your kids know which areas of the house the cat will be allowed in. If you’re planning on keeping your kitty inside full time, make sure your kids know their pet shouldn’t go outdoors. You need to establish some clear rules for your pet and ask everyone to follow them.

TIP! Be especially mindful of your cat’s ears when you take them on a trip. You may be tempted to blast your favorite songs at top volume.

The advice above will aid you in caring for your cat. Take advantage of what you’ve learned so that you’ll be certain your pet has all that it needs. He may even like you afterwards. Could be!