The poet T.S. He said households depend on cats, which is sort of true. Happy, healthy cats can make life complete. Sadly, cats can be difficult to live with sometimes. Here are some things you need to know if you’re going to be living with a cat.

If you have an outside cat, you need to give it a collar and some identification tags. Cats can go far from home and without a tag they could become lost forever. Make sure at a minimum to put your pets name and your phone number on the tag.

TIP! Ensure that you groom your cat regularly and properly. Remember to brush your cat’s fur and comb it regularly.

Cats can really scratch up your home. If your beloved feline friend is shredding and damaging parts of your home, try investing in a cat tower or a scratching post. They can scratch the post instead. They may not take to it overnight, but they should eventually.

Keeping your cats away from the counters can be hard. Cats like to be up high, where they can watch everything going on. You may mitigate the problem by providing designated heights for them to use. A cat tower near your kitchen can give them a place to watch you that is out of the way.

Male felines tend to get crystals in the urine that can be prevented with proper diet. A cat passing the crystals can be very hurtful with an expensive vet bill to boot. Make sure your cat’s food is not high in magnesium. Look over the label. Poultry-based foods are generally lower in magnesium than fish.

TIP! Cats can really scratch up your home. If your kitty is doing this, one way to redirect his behavior is to purchase a scratching post or cat tower.

If your cat is traveling with you, remember their ears. You may love belting out your favorite tunes as you drive on the freeway, but your cat probably enjoys softer sounds. This means that you should keep your music turned down or off so the cat can relax.

Don’t let your cat go outside. Cats come to harm outside every day. Your cat can pick up fleas, or worse. Cats can be harmed by cars, people and other animals. Let your cat go out in your backyard and play on your lawn.

Your cat deserves a high quality food. You should check the ingredients and make sure the food you give your cat includes a healthy source of protein, such as chicken, fish or beef. Try to avoid foods that consist of corn, or other non-protein elements. The main part of a cat’s diet should be meat protein, so his cat food should be mostly real meat.

Drinking Fountain

Purchase a drinking fountain for your cat to get water from. In the wild, cats prefer running water to drink from, and they do in the home as well. The drinking fountain will look more inviting than a water bowl. In fact, the running water in a sink garnishes more attention from a cat than their water bowl usually does. A drinking fountain will be good for the environment and can help the cat to enjoy its water more.

Give high quality canned food to your pet cat. Dry food is less expensive, but there are added benefits to be had in canned cat food. They have more water, protein and fat too. As your cat ages, canned food is more easily chewed. Speak with your vet, however generally speaking, canned cat food is better for your cat.

TIP! Put the litter box in an ideal location. The litter box should not be kept in an area with a lot of traffic.

If a cat urinates often or in odd places, it should probably go see the vet. This could be a sign that your cat has a urinary infection or another health condition. Often this problem is quickly and inexpensively cured with a common antibiotic.

Long-haired breeds are pretty, but understand how much work they are before you get one. Although it may look nice, it will look much worse when it sheds all over your home. Long-haired cats can be very high maintenance over the course of the year. Not to mention cats that have long hair are more prone to getting issues with hairballs.

Dogs wag their tails frequently when they are happy or excited to see their owners. Cats wag their tail for a different reason. Tail-wagging is usually a sign that your cat is considering attacking or fleeing. Similarly, if your cats tail wags when you hold it, it’s wise to put it down at that time.

Give the cat a collar with your contact information. Cats who stay indoors could still get out. They have to be able to get home again.

Many foods that are fine for humans are not good to give to your cat. These include garlic, grapes, green tomatoes and onions. If your cat eats these foods, he may become sick or even die. Your cat should also steer clear of dairy products.

There are great benefits which come from owning a cat. Whether you have a cat that’s hyper or one that sleeps too much, you can use the tips above to help you take better care of your cat. Those meows will be replaced with purrs in short order.