Cats are creatures that exhibit power, agility, and finesse. You can find a cat in pretty much every city and in many homes. Learning to live in a home with these intriguing animals can sometimes be a challenge. Cats are very intelligent, yet they can be hardheaded.

Make sure your cat is always well groomed. Brush your cat’s fur often to help it be shiny and healthy. This will keep your cat’s coat clean. This will also reduce things like shedding and hairballs because it keeps them from having extra hair. Keeping your cat nicely groomed will keep him and your home looking their best.

Flea Prevention

Do not use dog products on your cat. Cats usually react negatively to items made especially for dogs. When it comes to flea products this is particularly true. Your cat can die when exposed to flea prevention items made for dogs. Once you use flea prevention products on your dog, it should be kept separately from the cat for hours.

You can keep your cat away from electrical cords by spraying them with some bitter apple. Keep your cords covered if you feel like your cat is hellbent on chewing them. Hide those loose cords and keep them out of sight in no longer needed paper towel rolls. Store electronics when they are not in use rather than leaving them plugged in.

TIP! Cats really enjoy squeezing into any and all small spaces. If your cat gets caught on something wearing a traditional collar they could end up hurting their neck trying to break free.

It can be tough to keep cats off the countertops. Cats enjoy high places so they can see what is happening around them. Provide your cat with a few high places it can uses. Your cat will not go on your counters if there’s a cat tower close to the kitchen.

Being nocturnal is quite normal for cats. They are often active at nighttime. If you are having a hard time sleeping because of your cats, close the door. This will keep them from attacking your toes.

You should brush your cat on a regular basis. The act of brushing helps the coat become glossy, and it helps stimulate the skin. In addition, it helps to reduce loose hair. This avoids the hairball problem, which may lead to choking and a buildup of hair in the stomach.

TIP! A heated tile for underneath your cat’s bed can provide real comfort. Bake a one-foot tile made from terra cotta in the oven at 200 degrees F for around 15 to 20 minutes.

Give your cat a water 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. Cats generally respond better to a stream of water. Cats often like the running water more than their own bowl of water. Installing a drinking fountain for your cat is a more eco-friendly way to provide it with some running water.

Make sure your cat is always wearing a collar with proper identification tags. Even if your cat is a house cat, this is still a good idea. You know how curious cats are, and any open door can mean the cat disappears. Include your contact number along with the name of your veterinarian. This is also important if your cat has special medical needs.

New cats are sometimes not welcomed in the home. Two cats may fight, hiss, or hide from each other until they become more comfortable. Give them a bit more time to begin to get used to each other face to face, too.

TIP! Never use something that is intended for a canine on your feline. Cats often have negative reactions to dog products.

When your cat starts urinating often or in odd places, it may be time to see the vet. This could be a sign that your cat has a urinary infection or another health condition. A potentially serious illness may be able to be treated by inexpensive antibiotics.

Aired Cat

Before bringing home a long-haired cat, consider the extra care involved. All that hair will be literally everywhere. If you don’t mind cleaning, get a long-haired cat. Also, give them the right food which is anti-hairball.

TIP! Keep your cat from having a shocking experience by spraying electrical cords with bitter apple. If your cat happens to be a champion cord-chewer, you’ll need to use cord covers to protect your cords.

If you have a pregnant cat ready to birth her babies, be sure she has enough space. Giving birth to all the kittens can take hours, so you shouldn’t expect things to be over and done with quickly. When six hours passes, get to the vet immediately.

Keep products containing phenol away from your cat. Phenol is typically found in cleaning products such as Pine-Sol and Lysol. The smell of the chemical isn’t pleasant for your cat and prolonged exposure may cause liver problems.

You should not let your de-clawed cat outdoors. The cat won’t be able to fight back if other animals attack it and that could get it hurt or killed. Cats should only be declawed if they’re going to be inside fulltime. Even with that, only their front claws should be removed. Don’t remove the back claws. This will help ensure that your cat remains safe in case it gets outside, and back claws will not scratch any furniture.

TIP! Cat’s claws can really put a dent in your furniture. Buy a scratching post if you need to protect the furniture in your home.

Brushing your cat more frequently is the most common way to combat hairballs. If it doesn’t work, though, you have other options. Mix in a few pinches of pumpkin into your cat’s food. You can also try a teaspoon of water used to pack tuna mixed with the pumpkin. Cat food sometimes has an anti hairball formulation, which includes extra fiber in order to solve this issue.

After you read these tips, you will be able to outsmart your cat easily. Soon, you will have your cat understanding where his limitations are. Unlike with dogs, training a cat isn’t a simple matter, but most cats do end up being well-behaved in the end.