Many people brag that cats make unrivaled pets. They can help keep your home free of rodents and they can also be very amusing to watch. You might be surprised at how many ways a cat can improve your life.

Check with your shelter before you purchase a cat. Many shelters have more cats than they can handle and the fees associated with adoption take care of vet visits. Adopting your cat through a shelter means you are helping to control the cat population and saving a life at the same time.

TIP! Ensure that you groom your cat regularly and properly. Regular combing and brushing is usually all that is required.

Groom your cat. You should comb and/or brush them on a regular basis. Such practices help keep cats’ coats clean. It also helps to reduce their shedding and can cut down on how many times they are spitting up hairballs. A well groomed cat will be much more pleasant for everyone and will also help you keep your home clean.

Your cat will want to climb into small spaces. They can get caught or stuck if they happen to be wearing a collar. Purchase breakaway collars that will give if they are yanked tightly. This will allow your cat to live another day if it gets tangled up.

Get your cat to a vet on a regular basis for the best health possible. They should go in for a routine check-up at least once a year, possibly more if they need important shots. Cats should see a vet right away if any health problems or injuries needing treatment occur.

TIP! Cats really enjoy squeezing into any and all small spaces. A collar can become a liability if your cat is especially adventurous.

Making sure your cat doesn’t jump on the counters is hard to do. Cats like to climb on things and a counter can look very inviting. You may mitigate the problem by providing designated heights for them to use. Placing a cat tower near the kitchen will help the cats to not lay on the counter.

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Think about getting a microchip implanted in your cat. Indoor cats could run out your door or jump out the window. Other measures like tags and collars are better than nothing, but your cat may wriggle out of them or they may be torn off by outdoor hazards. Microchips are as small as a rice grain and have all of your important contact information. Most vets and all shelters can scan these chips to get your contact information and there is no risk of losing the chip.

TIP! To safely help an old cat feel comfortable, place a heated tile under its bed. A terra cotta tile about a foot square is ideal.

Cats are known for spending inordinate amounts of time grooming themselves. Hairballs are very common for long-haired cats. There are special foods you can give to your cat to reduce this problem. Some foods contain extra oils and nutrients, specifically designed to prevent or diminish hairball concerns.

Try to figure out why your cat meows. After you have coexisted with a pet cat for a long while, you are sure to figure out its meowing patterns. Your cat could be hungry or thirsty, or it may want to leave the house. By giving her the proper amount of attention you can better attend to her needs.

You should think before allowing your cat to go outside. It can be unsafe. Your cat could get parasites, or worse. It could be injured via a vehicle or another animal. If you must let your cat outside, do so in a very small area of your backyard or lawn.

TIP! You should take your cat to the vet on a regular basis to maintain optimum health. Your cat needs to get a checkup about once every year, or more if there are issues that come up.

Cats love to be high up. Your cat will be truly happy if you provide a place for him to view his surroundings. You can have a cat tree or even a strong wall shelf. Put a blanket on it so they can rest peacefully.

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You can tap fellow cat owners for advice if you’re having problems with your pet. Other cat owners may have had experience with what you’re going through right now. Use the Internet to share tips with other cat owners and ask your questions or talk with your neighbors, friends or veterinarian.

TIP! Cats can use their claws to destroy furniture and other parts of the house. If you have problems with a cat that shreds furniture, invest in a durable scratching post.

Cats and dogs provide two different benefits to a home. A cat will seek out small rodents for you and love to be part of the family. Cats are natural hunters and nearly always get their kill, and with much more ease than a big dog. With these benefits, you can have a truly great companion.