Why wouldn’t you save the life of an animal if you could? Many, many cats are waiting for a loving home. The only thing you need to do is bring one home and take good care of it, something the tips below will help you do.

Put a heated tile beneath the bed of an older cat. A terra cotta tile about a foot square is ideal. You can warm it with a 15-20 minute stop in your oven, set to approximately 200 degrees. Put it inside an old towel, then place it beneath the cat’s bed. Change it every couple of hours if desired.

TIP! Any drape cords should be hidden so the cat cannot grab hold of them. Do not let your cat play with these.

Never use a product on your cat that is intended for dogs. Cats will react very negatively to any products intended for dogs. This will especially be true if it’s a product for fleas. Flea products meant for dogs can seriously harm or kill a cat. In fact, your cat should be kept away from your dog for several hours after the dog has been treated for fleas.

A microchip will allow you to find your pet if it is lost. Even an indoor cat can get the urge to run out of a door or leap through a window. A collar with tags increases your chances of getting your cat back if it gets lost but it can also be a risk, for instance if it gets snagged in some branches. 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 organizations that deal with animal care can scan your cat for microchips, and because they are implanted, they won’t get lost.

Often, the best cat medicine deals are found online. Sometimes you might not have time to wait for an online order to arrive however, such as if your cat needs an immediate antibiotic or emergency treatment. But for routine medication purchases, you may find a discount of 50 percent online.

TIP! Ensure that you groom your cat regularly and properly. Cats must be brushed and groomed frequently.

Create a tablecloth just for your cat. Often, a cat will remove food from his bowl to eat on the side. This can really make a mess, and you might have to spend significant time cleaning around your cat’s food bowl. Place a piece of fabric or a place-mat under your cat’s bowl and then simply shake it over a garbage can for quick and easy clean up.

Be sure to brush or comb your cat’s fur on a regular basis. This will help spread the natural oils within their fur while stimulating their skin’s blood flow. As an added bonus, it cuts down on loose fur. This helps to stop hairballs and their associated medical problems.

Having your own pet is proven to make your life happier. Afterall, you have opened your home to a cat that needs your love and care. You’re making a friend for the duration of their life. Take care of him and he will do the same for you.