The poet T.S. Eliot thought that cats were a core component of the household. A cat that is friendly and happy boosts any family. Sadly, it’s not always easy to co-exist with felines. Consider these tips for how you can coexist with your pet.

It is always important to take your cat to the veterinarian for regular checkups. The vet will be able to provide your cat with needed vaccinations and any medications it requires. Veterinarians also keep tabs on your cat’s overall health and diagnose any problems they find. Always use the same veterinarian if possible. This person will be more knowledgeable on your cat’s history.

TIP! Keep your cat groomed. Remember to brush your cat’s fur and comb it regularly.

Cat’s claws can really put a dent in your furniture. If you find your cat shredding your furniture, consider purchasing a scratching post or cat tower. Use catnip or other scents that are attractive to your kitty to encourage him to go there. Although this may take time, your cat should eventually claw the device rather than your furniture.

A microchip will allow you to find your pet if it is lost. You may not have had trouble with your cat getting loose previously, but it can happen at any time by accident. 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. Microchips are extremely small, but they can hold all the same information as an identification tag. Many vets and shelters have scanners that can read these chips and since they lie under their skin, they won’t get lost.

Never let your cat experience frequent boredom. Cats need play and exercise. Unfortunately, lots of people who own cats neglect this. Boredom can beget illness. Make sure you give them lots of toys and room to play. If they stay indoors make sure they have a scratching post for climbing.

TIP! If your kitty is a female, make sure to plan a spaying once she is of age to breed. Even if your cat is an indoor cat, if she escapes while she is in heat you might end up with a lot of kittens on your hands.

Make sure that you never neglect your cat. Cats give us a lot of love, and they deserve to be loved back. Cats thrive when treated like part of the household, so involve them in daily activities around the house. A cat can feel that he is a valuable, cherished part of their household.

While usually cats make great pets for kids, younger kids may be too rough with them. Teach your kid how to properly handle a cat. Show them how to gently pick kitty up and what kinds of activities are appropriate. Cats have more fragile bones than dogs so it is important to treat them with care.

Do you happen to own both a dog and a cat? Dogs will eat a cat’s food any time they’re given the chance. Therefore, your cat’s food bowl should be placed in a high location that is out of your dog’s reach. This can also prevent unnecessary arguments between your pets over the water supply, once the food has been consumed.

Litter Box

Don’t get mad at your cat if it urinates outside the litter box. Often, this happens when the litter box is dirty. If you get mad, they’ll never use the box again.

Canned food is an excellent choice for cats. It is usually more expensive than dry food, but it is more beneficial. There is more water, more fat and more protein in it. Older cats also find it easier to chew up. Ask your vet, though canned food is often better for your cat.

TIP! You will often find ways to save money on medication for your cat on the Internet instead of getting it from your vet. You can’t always get it online.

Being the owner of a cat isn’t always the easiest thing to be, but it is very rewarding. No matter how active your cat is, there is always room to improve our relationship with your pet. Soon, the purrs will become more frequent than the meows.