Cats and humans have lived together for centuries. They’ve been the subject of poems, movies, and even Broadway musicals. It’s easy to understand why they feel that they’re in charge. In the following paragraphs, you’ll find tips on how to be a better cat owner.

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TIP! If you want to add a cat to your family, go to the shelter first to see what is available. Shelters have a lot of cats in them and you can get one adopted for a small fee.

Don’t let your cat near drape cords. Never let your cats play with drape cords, as they could seriously injure themselves. This could cause injury or death. All drape cords should be fastened and kept away from any harm that might come to the cats.

Cats really enjoy squeezing into any and all small spaces. A collar can be a dangerous thing to wear in such a place. A collar that is a breakaway model will detach itself if it gets pulled on. This will help you save your cat’s life.

It’s very important to get your cat microchipped. Even indoor cats get out sometimes. Collars and tags can help get your cat home, however cats are experts at wiggling out of these, not to mention the risk they pose if they were to get snagged on a bush or tree branch. A microchip about as big as a grain of rice and holds all the contact information your cat needs. 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.

TIP! If your cat is older or sick, a heating pad may provide comfort. Put a square foot of terra cotta tile into your oven heated to 200 degrees.

Feeding your male cat the proper food can help prevent crystals from forming in his urine. These crystals can cause your cat pain to pass, and your vet bill can be expensive. Your cat needs food low in magnesium. This means you should pay attention to labels on food. Poultry-based foods are generally lower in magnesium than fish.

Cats are great family pets, but small children might be too rough. Make sure your kids understand how cats should be handled. Demonstrate how the cat should be petted and handled and encourage your children to be very gentle. A cat’s bones are not as strong as a dogs, and they should be treated more gently.

Brush your cat at regular times. Brushing improves the circulation of your cat and helps spread natural oils in the fur. It will also minimize hair loss. This can reduce hairballs which can be harmful to a cat and build up in their stomachs.

TIP! Regular visits to the vet will make sure that you cat is as healthy as he can be. Your cat needs to get a checkup about once every year, or more if there are issues that come up.

Invest in a cat friendly fountain. When cats are in the wild they tend to prefer water that is running when they are thirsty, this applies to cats at home. Streams of water will attract your cat. Many cats prefer running water over their water dish. A fountain will allow your cat to drink like he or she is in the wild.

You should feed your cat food out of a can. Although dry food is usually less expensive, canned food is better for your cat. Your cat will get more water and more vitamins and protein. For older cats, canned food chew easier. Speak with a vet, but know that wet food is normally much better for your pet.

Keep a breakaway collar and tag on your cat. Even if your cat is a house cat, this is still a good idea. Cats can be very curious and they may escape out of a door or a window. Tags should include contact information for you and your vet. Obviously, this is particularly important for pets who have special health concerns.

TIP! You can keep your cat away from electrical cords by spraying them with some bitter apple. If the cat likes to chew on cords, its best to cover them as best you can.

Be patient with your pets when you introduce a second cat into your home. There will be an inevitable adjustment period as your two cats get to know each other. In the beginning, they may not seem to get along at all. But, eventually, they will get used to the idea, and begin to tolerate, and even enjoy, each other’s company.

Play is an important part of a cat’s life. No matter what age, play is common among cats and other animals. Though older cats don’t have as much energy, they still need some play. Play with your cat, and you’ll both have fun.

Phenol is a dangerous chemical to use around your cat. The chemical is most often found in pine cleaners. The smell is pretty offensive to cats, and prolonged exposure can lead to liver damage.

TIP! Most cats are nocturnal. Your cat will probably be very active during the night.

An indoor cat is a healthy, happy cat. Indoor cats typically live longer than those who live outside. Roaming around the house doesn’t cause as much risk as roaming the wild.

Line your furniture with sticky tape. If you have a cat that scratches your upholstery you need to place tape on that as well. You can even find tape specifically designed for this use in many pet stores. The tape throws the cat off when it starts to scratch the furniture. In addition, buy a scratching post to satisfy the cat’s instinctual need to scratch.

Since cats can catch many diseases outside, such as rabies or fungal infections, plan on keeping your pet cat inside. While it is possible for a home bound cat to catch some of these diseases, the chances are increasingly significantly when a cat spends a good amount of time outdoors.

TIP! Pick a good spot for the cat’s litter box. Keep the litter from the cat food, and avoid placing it in a busy area.

Your cat will think it is the boss of everything. Using the given tips, your cat will finally learn who runs the show. Cats are great animals to have around; learn more about them so that you can enjoy them even more.