A cat can be hard to please. Their mysterious ways are often quite beguiling. With the proper advice, however, you can ensure that they are safe and cared for–even if they don’t realize that you’re the boss! Here are a few helpful tips to teach you how to care for your cat.

Drape Cords

TIP! Cats need a certain amount of grooming to stay healthy and presentable. Just like dogs, cats require regular brushing and de-tangling.

If you have drape cords in your home, keep them away from your cats. Cats should not be allowed to play with these cords, as they can get parts of their body stuck in the cord loops. This accident could trap or injure your cat, or even be fatal. Be sure your drape cords are strongly secured.

Make sure your cat is always groomed. You can regularly brush or comb your cat. If yu do this quite often, it will help them stay clean. In addition, it helps decrease shedding, which results in less hairballs. Brushing your cat will keep your home cleaner, too.

Lessen the chances of your cat becoming harmed or killed by spraying all electric cords with something to keep them from chewing it. Bitter apple is a good choice and can be found at most pet stores. If your cat happens to be a champion cord-chewer, you’ll need to use cord covers to protect your cords. Bundle electrical cords together inside a tube. If you have rarely used electronics, put them up when you aren’t using them.

TIP! Your home likely has no small spaces a curious cat won’t want to investigate. If they have a collar on, this might prove to be a safety risk if they happen to get stuck.

Consider having your cat fitted with a microchip. Even a house cat may end up lost outside, no matter how careful you are. Although they provide the information needed to find your beloved pet, they can also accidentally get caught or even be wiggled out of. A microchip is tiny, similar in size to a single rice grain and capable of holding plenty of information. Nearly every vet and shelter owns a scanner which can read a microchip, and since they’re implanted, there isn’t a risk of the chip falling out or getting lost.

Cats are nocturnal animals. This means that they will usually be quite active at night. If your cat is keeping you up at night, you should close the door to your bedroom. This will ensure they don’t pounce on you at nighttime, or wake you up in other ways.

When it comes to litter boxes, placement is everything. Never put the box near your cat’s food, and pick a quiet place away from areas that are heavily used. To prevent a strong stench, be sure this space is well-ventilated. Both you and your cat will be happier.

TIP! If your cat goes outside, it is important to have a collar with a tag. If your cat gets lost during its time outdoors, a tag makes it easier to locate the animal.

Make sure that you have a good tablecloth for your kitten. Certain cats prefer removing their food from their bowl and putting it on the side to eat it. If this occurs, you will have a mess on your hands. You can get a pet mat or use a piece of old fabric to put under it for easy cleanup.

Be very careful about allowing children to be alone with a kitten. Children under five years of age should not be left alone with a kitten. Most of them simply aren’t mature enough to grasp the concept of danger to themselves or the animal. Once the child grows up a little, he might be more able to handle the kitten.

Don’t stress yourself out about instructing your cat on proper litter box usage. Cats instinctively understand what to do and teaching is not required. A common misconception is to rub your cats paws into the kitty litter however this isn’t a good idea.

TIP! Spritz a little bitter apple on electrical cords to protect your cats. If the cat likes to chew on cords, its best to cover them as best you can.

Frequent urination outside the litter box may indicate a visit to the vet is required. This may be a symptom of an infection of the urinary tract or another health problem in your cat. Most of the time, these conditions can be resolved with relatively affordable antibiotic treatments.

You may not be able to impress your cat, but proper care will certainly not go unnoticed. Use these tips so your cat will be in better health and to ensure its needs are met adequately. Who knows? He may even start liking you. Hopefully.