Cats are really quite magical. A blend of inquisitiveness, autonomy, and intelligence creates a charming companion. But, cat care is not always simple. Give this article a read for some tips on cat care and how to keep your cat in good spirits.

Cats love to squeeze into tiny spaces. If they have to wear a collar then there may be a risk because your cat could end up getting stuck. Therefore, use a breakaway collar that will come undone whenever it’s being pulled very tightly. This could save your cat’s life!

TIP! Remove the drape cords from visibility when a cat is in the house. If your cat plays with looped drape cords, they could get caught around its neck, which presents a suffocation hazard.

To help your old cat feel comfy, keep a tile that’s heated under their bed. Use a 12″ terra cotta tile and heat it by putting it in a 200ºF oven for 20 minutes. Put it inside a cloth and place underneath your feline’s blanket or bed. You can even switch it out every few hours.

Flea Products

Don’t try using dog food or products for your cat. It is possible that a dog’s product could cause a serious adverse effect on a cat. This happens a lot with flea products. Flea products that are intended for a dog can kill a cat. Your cat needs to be away from the dog after your dog has received a flea treatment.

TIP! Your cat needs to be groomed properly. You should comb and/or brush them on a regular basis.

Put a collar on any cats which go outside. Cats sometimes travel a bit when outside, and a tag prevents any mishaps due to your cat being lost. The tag should contain your name and number for contact purposes.

It can be tough to keep cats off the countertops. One thing they like about it is they enjoy being high up. You may be able to battle this issue by giving your cat a high place to chill. The use of a cat tower within your kitchen or close by can help make the cats stay off the counter.

Have your cat chipped so you can find him if he runs away. Even indoor cats can decide to run away at a moment’s notice, escaping through an open window. Tags and collars can help you cat return home, but cats can wiggle out of them or risk injury by snagging them on a tree branch or bush. Microchips are very small, and you can note your name, address and phone number in there. Nearly all veterinarians and shelters now have scanners capable of reading the information on these chips, and since they are under the skin, there is no chance of the chip getting lost.

Litter Box

You should be sure to place your pet’s litter box in a good location. You shouldn’t keep it near your pet’s food, and you shouldn’t keep it in an area people walk through a lot. In addition, you should ensure you place the litter box in a well-ventilated area to minimize the smell. Your cat will appreciate it and so will you.

When traveling on the road with your cat, understand that they are sensitive to sounds. You may like music loud and booming, but a cat will prefer lower volumes as their ears are more sensitive. Try turning down your tunes or keeping it off to make your cat’s trip better.

TIP! Most cats spend a large amount of time on grooming themselves. When your cat’s coat is long, it can result in hairballs.

Canned food is usually the best option for your cat. Dry food may cost less, but canned food has more benefits. Canned food gives your cat more protein and the water content helps with hydration. This will make it easier for your older cats to digest. Speak with the vet, but food in cans tends to be better.

Your cat needs to always wear some tags on a collar. This is important even if your pet lives indoors. Cats can be very curious and they may escape out of a door or a window. They should wear a tag with your vet’s info as well as your telephone number. Veterinary information is essential if your cat needs medication.

If the cat stops using their litter box all of a sudden, keep an eye on this. Health problems may be causing your cat to urinate in places other than their litter box. If your cat is not using the litter, kidney or bladder problems and infections may be the problem. Ask your vet if your cat begins missing the litter box.

TIP! Male cats can develop crystals that form in their urine, so prevent this with the right food. Passing crystals is very painful for your cat, and the vet’s bill will be painful for you.

Dogs usually wag their tails as a sign of friendly greeting or encouragement. Cats wag their tail for a different reason. Tail-wagging in cats tends to suggest conflict or anxiety. If you’re snuggling your kitty and you see its tail wag, it’s a sign you should put it down before you get scratched.

Never allow your cat to be exposed to phenol chemicals. Pine-Sol and Lysol contain this ingredient. Not only is the smell offensive to cats, but exposing them to this chemical for prolonged periods of time can lead to problems with their liver.

Don’t let a cat that’s had its claws removed go outside. Since the cat is not able to adequately defend himself from attack, there is a risk of serious injury. Cats should only be declawed if they’re going to be inside fulltime. However, you should still only remove the cat’s front claws. Leave the back claws, as these do not scratch your floors or furniture.

TIP! Cats can be great pets for children, but some younger children may be a bit too rough with cats. Guide your kids in handling a feline.

Cats will smell changes around their home. This is good but can cause issues when you introduce something new to the home, like a new cat bed or scratching post. The cat may be leery of the new additions at first. You cat will adjust as the smells of the new items as they become a regular part of his daily routine.

Try and incorporate dry food into your cats diet. When cats are kittens they need wet food because their teeth are so small. When the adult teeth develop, dry, hard food will help make teeth stronger. For picky cats, mixing dry and wet food together is a great option.

The unique and intelligent cat makes a great pet if you educate yourself about how to care for it. Read this article again if it helps. Use what you’ve learned to enjoy your time with your cat.