There is a quote by a famous author that broke down how important cats are. Eliot described felines as a being that all households are dependent on, and that’s true. Well-behaved, healthy cats are great for any home. The downside to cats, however, is they can be hard to deal with. Below, you’ll find suggestions that will help you and your cat live together in peace.

Check out your local shelter if you are thinking about getting a cat. They have tons of amazing cats who desperately need a home. Adopting your cat through a shelter means you are helping to control the cat population and saving a life at the same time.

TIP! Make sure your cat is always well groomed. A cat requires regularly brushing and combing.

Don’t use dog products on your cats ever. Cats have very strong, negative reactions to products formulated for dogs. This is especially true of flea products. Your cat can die when exposed to flea prevention items made for dogs. In fact, it is a good idea to separate your cat and dog for a few hours after your dog has taken flea medication.

It’s not easy to keep cats off counters. They love to be able to look around from up high. You can try to combat this problem by designating some high-up places for your cat to hang out. Keep your cats off the kitchen counter by placing their towers near the kitchen or even in it.

Try to avoid your cat from becoming bored each day. Every cat needs exercise time and play! Sadly, this can be easily overlooked. Bored cats will quickly wreck your home or become obese. Therefore, ensure your cat has enough space for exercising and playing. If they are indoors, give them a scratching post or something to climb on.

TIP! If you have an old cat, you can help make its bed more comfortable by placing heated tiles underneath it. Simply heat a terra-cotta tile in a 200 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Try as hard as you can to understand the reason your cat meows at you. After living with your cat for long, it’s easier to interpret its meows. She could be signaling that she is hungry, or she might want to go outside. You’ll learn her cues quickly.

Litter Box

Never punish the cat if he or she causes a mess outside the litter box. If your cat makes a mess, it’s probably because their litter box is not properly cared for. Punishments given to the cat will just make him or her less willing to be around its owner going forward.

TIP! Put a collar on any cats which go outside. A lost cat is much easier to locate if they are properly tagged.

It’s very rewarding to own a cat, though it’s not always easy. Whether a cat jumps all over the house or sleeps all day, these tips can better your bond with them. With any luck, you will hear more purrs and less meows.