What You Should Know To Care For Your Cat

TIP! Any drape cords should be hidden so the cat cannot grab hold of them. You should not allow your cat to play with drape cords since they could end up with the cord wrapped around their neck.

Cats, like most pets, require plenty of responsible care. Do not expect grooming a cat to be like grooming a dog. You must provide extra attention and take care to avoid certain things in order to groom them properly. Keep reading for some useful cat grooming tips.

TIP! Spraying the electrical cords in your home with a bitter apple solution helps keep the cats from chewing on them. If your cat likes to chew cords, hide the cords as best you can.

Check your local animal shelter if you have plans to get a cat. Many shelters are overcrowded with lovable and adoptable cats. Rescuing a cat can end up making a big difference in both of your lives.

TIP! You should never allow your cat to be bored all the time. Your cat needs plenty of exercise.

If your cat is getting older, you can increase it’s comfort by placing its bed over a heated tile. You should heat a terra cotta tile with your oven, at about 200 degrees, for around fifteen minutes. Wrap the tile in a towel and then put it under the bed. Switch towels every few hours if you need to.

TIP! Give your kitty lots of love. Cats provide warmth and affection, and they also require the same from you.

Ensure that your cat goes to the vet often so that they are healthy. They should go at least once yearly for a check-up, and more often if they need any shots. Cats must see their vet right away if they start having health issues, injuries or other problems.

TIP! You don’t want to punish a cat if they do their business outside of their litter box. When this occurs, it is probably just a sign that the litter box wasn’t properly taken care of.

Spray bitter apple on electrical cords. If that doesn’t work, cover those cords up however you can. You can do this by bundling them and tucking them in the cardboard rolls that are used for paper towels. Personal electronic devices should be stored when not needed to keep their cords out of reach.

TIP! Carriers are great devices for you to have as a cat owner. Cats never respond to punishment the way that dogs do.

A lot of cat owners have a hard time keeping their cats off the counter. One thing they like about it is they enjoy being high up. You can control this tendency a bit by making high places in the house that you feel comfortable having your cat utilize. A cat tower near the kitchen will ensure that cats won’t lay on your counter.

TIP! Feed your cat high-quality cat food. Look at the ingredients and make sure protein like fish, chicken, or beef is near the top.

Keep your cat active and entertained to avoid boredom. Play is important to the health and vitality of your cat. Too frequently this need is overlooked by owners. A bored cat may fall victim to depression, compulsive disorders or issued that can be harmful to their health. Give them exercise space and a lot of toys. If they stay indoors make sure they have a scratching post for climbing.

TIP! Keep a breakaway collar and tag on your cat. This applies even to indoor cats.

Cats spend a ton of time grooming themselves. However, if it has a lot of hair, hairballs can occur. There are special foods that can ease this issue. Some cat foods are specially formulated to help reduce hairballs, which is good for both you and your pet.

TIP! It’s important that cats get play time. After all, everyone likes to play.

Check prices online for your cat’s medication to see if they are cheaper than at your vet’s office. Though, in emergency situations, buying online may not be possible. However, for standard medications, like flea medications or heart worm pills, online sources offer a substantial savings to pet owners.

TIP! Is your home covered in your cat’s fur? When a cat sheds a lot, brushing is very important. If your cat sheds a lot, you need to brush it more often.

Use a tablecloth underneath your cat’s dish. Cats often take food from their bowls to eat on the side. This can lead to a big clean-up. You can also use any type of mat underneath your cat’s eating apparatus to reduce the mess.

TIP! Put some thought into where you place the litter box. It is temping to put it someplace where the odor will not be noticed.

When your cat is properly cared for, it looks, feels, and behaves wonderfully. It is your responsibility to make sure your cat looks (and actually is!) healthy. Make sure that you groom your cat every couple of days. Use this article to learn how to do that.

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