Cats combine strength, grace, and intelligence to a superlative degree. They are an amazing pet for anyone and everyone. Living with cats indoors is a big challenge. These smart and feisty creatures can be hardheaded and often require advanced care.

Think about getting a microchip implanted in your cat. Even indoor cats may get out of your home at some point. Cat collars are a great thing to have in case your cat gets lost, but they also pose a risk if they get caught on something. A microchip is tiny, similar in size to a single rice grain and capable of holding plenty of information. Most vets and animal shelters will have a microchip scanner and because it’s under the animal’s skin it can never become lost.

TIP! Spraying the electrical cords in your home with a bitter apple solution helps keep the cats from chewing on them. If the cat likes to chew on cords, its best to cover them as best you can.

Avoid bladder crystals and stones by feeding high quality food. These are very painful and expensive to treat. Make sure your cat’s food is not high in magnesium. Be sure that you read the label. Poultry-based foods are generally lower in magnesium than fish.

Online outlets offer better prices for cat medicine than vets. In emergency situations, buying online may not be a good option. Most of the time, you will get great discounts if you purchase on the web.

If you are traveling with a cat in tow, be aware of the noises in your car. While you may like some good tunes, your cat is going to appreciate other things. Turn down the music and let the cat rest.

TIP! Keeping cats from a counter really can be tough. A cat will naturally want to be high enough to view everything around them.

You should try your hardest to figure out the reason that you are hearing your cat meow. When your cat is a member of the family, their sounds start to become familiar to you. This makes it easy to determine what various meows might mean. It may be a sign your cat needs food, or needs to be let outdoors. Make sure you are paying attention in order to better understand your cat.

Try not to let your cat go outside. Cats come to harm outside every day. It takes mere minutes for your cats to pick up fleas, be bitten by a tick or something far worse. Your cat may be targeted by another animal, or get injured by a vehicle or another person. If you must let your cat outside, do so in a very small area of your backyard or lawn.

Do you own both a dog and a cat? Understand that dogs will usually eat cat’s food if they can. You should create a feeding space for the cat that is much too high for a dog to get to. This will help you to be sure that the animals won’t fight over the water either after they’ve eaten all their food.

TIP! Don’t allow your cat become bored. Cats need to exercise and play.

Think twice before leaving a child alone with a kitten. Kids under five should not be left alone with a pet. Their immaturity prevents them from understanding how easily they could hurt the kitten. When they mature, they can spend alone time with the kitty.

You cannot be the boss of you cat, it’s hopeless! Before you know it, they will know where they are and are not allowed. While they’re not as easy to train as a dog, they can be well-trained and be made into well-mannered companions for their owners.