Cats are curious creatures. They act like they don’t need you; however, they enjoy being around you. It really can be confusing, but owning a loving cat is truly incredible. Read on to find out what makes them tick.

Shop at your local pet shelter for your next cat. There are so many great cats at shelters. The fee you will have to pay typically includes vet care. By choosing a cat from an animal shelter, you can do your part to help with overpopulation. Also, you become a lifesaver!

TIP! Ensure your cat remains groomed. Cats should have regular combings.

Make sure your cat is always groomed. You should comb and/or brush them on a regular basis. Do this often in order to aid in keeping your cat’s outer coat clean and healthy. It also reduces their shedding and hairballs. Regularly grooming keeps cats looking well and keeps your home neater.

You should be bringing your cat to their vet for a check-up regularly. Your cat should have regular well visits, as well as all the recommended vaccinations for his age. It is best to always take your cat to the same veterinarian. They will learn your cat’s history best.

Deter cats from shocking themselves on electrical wires by spraying them with bitter apple. If your cat is especially intent on chewing cords, keep them covered as much as possible. The tube from a used-up roll of paper towels makes an excellent shield for loose cords. Electronics with thin cords must be put out of reach when they aren’t being used.

TIP! If you want a cat to feel like it’s more comfortable, a heated tile may be able to help. Put a square foot of terra cotta tile into your oven heated to 200 degrees.

Your cat has sensitive ears, especially in the car when they’re stressed out. You may enjoy it, but it could be hurting your cat’s ears. If your cat seems upset or agitated, turn down the music and speak calmly to him.

If your cat does not use the litter box, do not use punishments to try to discipline him. Improper box care on your part causes the mess, not the cat. Punishing the cat will only make him afraid to be around you in the future.

Carriers are great devices for you to have as a cat owner. Understand that cats don’t react to punishment as well as dogs. Encouragement is usually a much better option. Leave the door to a carrier open at all times, and make the interior enticing with a beloved toy and blanket. Soon, your cat will naturally enter the carrier. Once this is achieved, you can transport your cat inside the carrier much easier.

TIP! Regular visits to the vet will make sure that you cat is as healthy as he can be. Most vets recommend yearly check-ups.

Don’t get rid of an old scratching post. Cats typically like older posts compared to newer posts. Ditching the structure may alienate your cat, making it more likely to turn elsewhere in your home for its scratching needs.

If kitty won’t use the litter box, try moving it. A cat knows that when it’s going to the bathroom it’s in a vulnerable situation, so you should make sure the box is in a calm, secure location. For example, your basement, laundry room or other room away from household activity should suffice.

Dogs will wag their tails often to show their owners that they’re excited to see them. Cats wag their tails for very different reasons than dogs though. When a cat is wagging its tail, it’s actually feeling threatened and mulling over the classic question of fight or flight. Similarly, if your cats tail wags when you hold it, it’s wise to put it down at that time.

TIP! Your cat can devastate your furniture with its claws. If your beloved feline friend is shredding and damaging parts of your home, try investing in a cat tower or a scratching post.

There are some thing that you eat that may not be good for your cat. Never allow your cat to nibble on garlic, onions or green tomatoes. Grapes, which seem harmless enough, are also a no-no. If your cat eats these, it may cause him to get really sick or even worse. Milk is another food to stay away from.

Cats are really hard to decipher, but they are definitely loyal pets. Let what you have read here sink in so you can take better care of your furry friend. Owning a cat is a wonderful experience but you need to make sure that your friends is happy and healthy.