Would you save a pet’s life if you could? Many, many cats are waiting for a loving home. Taking in just one can enrich both your life and theirs.

A cat can do a lot of damage to your furniture with its claws. Buy your cat a scratching posts to focus its attention off your furniture. Use catnip or other scents that are attractive to your kitty to encourage him to go there. Sooner or later, they’ll love to use it.

TIP! Make sure you don’t allow your cat to be around drape cords. Keep the cat away from these cords as they tend to form loops when the cat is playing around, and it could accidentally go around their neck and strangle them.

Think about getting a microchip for your feline friend. Even indoor cats can decide to run away at a moment’s notice, escaping through an open window. Collars or tags can identify your cat, but cats can wiggle out of those, and they are also at risk of getting hung up on something. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. 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.

Adore your cat! They usually offer us warm companionship, and they require the same. Cats need a social life with people just like you do with other people. They want to feel like a contented and satisfied member of the family.

Make sure that you have a good tablecloth for your kitten. Cats often take food from their bowls to eat on the side. That can mean a bigger mess for you to clean. It’s easier to clean up this food by purchasing a placement and inserting it under your cat’s food bowl, or you could simply cut some fabric and make it into a tablecloth so you can easily pick up the food and throw it away.

TIP! Keep your cat groomed. Cats have to be brushed or combed on a regular basis.

When you buy a small kitty for your children, set the boundaries ahead of time. Let your children know which rooms their cat can be in. If you’re planning on keeping your kitty inside full time, make sure your kids know their pet shouldn’t go outdoors. This will ensure nothing bad happens.

If your cat’s scratching post looks old and worn, don’t throw it away immediately. While it doesn’t appear clean and new, your cat probably thinks otherwise. For a cat, it is comfortable and familiar. There is a good chance if you got rid of it and bought a new one that your cat would start scratching up your furniture.

You need to buy some quality food for your cat. Your cat needs a lot of protein from meat, so read the labels before you choose a food. Steer clear of food made primarily of corn and fillers. Cats are carnivores and their diet should reflect that.

TIP! Make sure your cat sees a vet regularly to maintain their good health. Your cat should always go to the vet for a check up, especially if they need shots.

You should give your cat at least three weeks to grow used to the presence of a new animal. Do not expect an instant friendship. Instead, look for them to hide frequently, hiss and possibly even become physical with each other. Eventually, they become used to each other and are comfortable together.

If you notice your cat urinating more frequently or outside his litter box, then it might be time to see the vet. Cats often do such things when suffering from urinary tract infections or other sorts of health issues. In many cases, cheap antibiotics will resolve the problem and keep your cat healthy.

Be mindful of where you place the litter box. It might be tempting to have it in a hidden area where you can’t see it or smell it. The cat has to be able to easily access the box. It has to be a quiet area with little traffic. If you have the box on a floor that is cold cement for example, put a rug or mat under it.

TIP! You should get your cat a tagged collar, even if it is not legally required. Cats can travel far, and a tag will help you find the cat easier if they get lost.

Adopting a cat is a wonderful thing to do. Afterall, you have opened your home to a cat that needs your love and care. You can look forward to many years of companionship with your cat. Take good care of your cat and she will be your companion for years to come.