Consider your cat as a family member. It’s important then to keep ticks, fleas and other pests away from them. If these organisms are on your cat, they are at risk of infection. Keep reading to find out how to keep those critters away from your cat.

Keep your drape cords out of your cats reach. If your cat plays with looped drape cords, they could get caught around its neck, which presents a suffocation hazard. It may actually cause them some serious harm. Hang your drapery cords out of your cats’ sight to avoid this.

TIP! Though things may appear to be fine, you should always schedule regular medical checkups for your feline pet. Cats need vaccinations to keep them healthy, and your vet can keep an eye out for any other health issues.

To help your old cat feel comfy, keep a tile that’s heated under their bed. Allow a terra cotta tile to heat in an oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep this underneath your cat’s resting space for extra warmth. Change every few hours if you like.

Take your cat to the vet regularly to make sure they remain in good health. Cats need routine shots and wellness checks just like people. When the cat seems to be acting abnormally, take it to the vet immediately.

Don’t try using dog food or products for your cat. Cats are known to have severe negative reactions when exposed to products designed for dogs. This happens a lot with flea products. Your cat can die if you use a dog flea product on it. Your cat needs to be away from the dog after your dog has received a flea treatment.

TIP! Cats will try to get into many different crevices. There are ways to make sure that their collar does not get stuck.

Location is key when placing a litter box. The box should be out of the high traffic areas and a good distance from where your cat eats. The area should also be well ventilated so that it doesn’t smell too badly. Your cat and you will appreciate it.

Male cats sometimes have crystals in their urine, but this can be prevented with the right cat food. Just like kidney stones, these crystals are painful and vet bills are pricey. Choose a low magnesium food. Just as in the grocery store, take the time to read the labels. Fish is often high in magnesium compared to chicken.

Don’t let your cat go outside. Going outdoors isn’t very safe for a domesticated cat. Your cat may get fleas or something even worse than that. Other animals, cars and people can hurt your cat. If your cat has to be outside, make sure it is only in a small area near the house.

TIP! Male cats often develop crystals in their bladder that come out in their urine. This can be prevented with a proper diet.

Do you happen to own both a dog and a cat? That dog will really love stalking (and eating) that cat food. Feed your pets in different areas of the house, and monitor them while they eat. This will help you to be sure that the animals won’t fight over the water either after they’ve eaten all their food.

Cats do not need to be taught how they should use the cat litter box. This is the sort of thing which flows naturally. Contrary to what most people believe, it’s actually incorrect to rub a cat’s paw in the litter.

Don’t punish cats for making messes outside the litter box. It might be happening because you aren’t caring for the box good enough. The cat will be fearful of you if you punish it.

TIP! Before you consider buying a kitten for your children, make sure clear boundaries are set before you bring the kitten home. You can then teach your kids which areas your cat can go into.

Go pick yourself up one of those water fountains for cats. A cat will always drink from running water if possible. Cats will respond more positively to streams of water. In fact, many cats like drinking from faucets more than from their water bowls. So a drinking fountain makes a smart investment that’s both environmentally friendly and loved by your feline.

It’s important that cats get play time. After all, everyone likes to play. Even a mature cat that isn’t as spry anymore it still loves to play around. Play with your cat and give them the fun time it needs.

Are you getting overwhelmed with all the cat hair in your home? Cats shed considerably; therefore, it is very important you brush them frequently. You should brush your cat quite a bit of they are prone to shedding. Brushing will also keep their coat in good shape.

TIP! Make sure you are cautious about leaving a young child alone with a small kitten. Children under 5 years of age should not be alone with the pet.

Dogs are known to way their tails. This means they are content or excited and is normal dog behavior. While cats are also prone to tail wagging, they do it for very different reasons. When a cat is wagging its tail, it’s actually feeling threatened and mulling over the classic question of fight or flight. If a cat you are holding starts flicking his tail, then it is time to put him down.

Don’t give a cat human medications. If your cat is suffering from a medical condition, be sure and take them to a vet to get the proper medication. You can kill a cat by giving them human grade medications.

If you previously adopted a cat when you were home all the time, and now you are away much more, your cat might get lonely. If this is proving to be a problem, consider getting another cat to keep them company while you’re gone.

TIP! Brush your cat’s coat often. It really helps move natural oils around the cat’s fur, and it improves blood flow.

You should never feed your cats human food while you’re dining at the table. The additives in human food may not agree with your cats’ digestive system. Give your cat chicken or beef if you must feed it human food. This is not necessary, though. If you feed them the right food appropriate to their size and age, they need nothing else.

It’s very important to always have a collar and tags on your cat. Cats are wily creatures, and many have no problems wiggling out of a collar. A tagged animal has a much better chance of being brought home.

Just like any other animal, your cat could easily get infected by parasites. These parasites won’t go away until you take action. You can get rid of them and even prevent them when you use the featured methods. Your cat is going to be pleased you did so.