Sometimes, cats will rack up the bills for you. From taking them to the vet to feeding them, it can all add up. Here are a few ways that you can still keep your cat and save money while caring for them.

It can be hard to prevent your cat from jumping on the counter. A cat will naturally want to be high enough to view everything around them. Give them an alternative. The use of a cat tower within your kitchen or close by can help make the cats stay off the counter.

TIP! Don’t let your cat near drape cords. If your cat plays with looped drape cords, they could get caught around its neck, which presents a suffocation hazard.

Try to avoid your cat from becoming bored each day. Play and exercise are both important for cats’ well-being. Unfortunately, lots of people who own cats neglect this. Bored cats are more prone to depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as many other behavioral issues. Give them lots of space for exercise and plenty of toys they can play with. An indoor cat needs a good scratching post.

Litter Box

Pick a good spot for the cat’s litter box. Place the litter box away from high traffic areas. Additionally, the litter box should be placed away from your cat’s food and water. The area should also be well ventilated so that it doesn’t smell too badly. This will make you and your cat happy.

TIP! Look a local animal shelters for cats. Many shelters are overcrowded with lovable and adoptable cats.

Always provide your feline with special attention and affection. Cats give us a lot of love, and they deserve to be loved back. Like most folks, cats have the need to socialize to feel like part of the family. Make her feel like she is part of your family.

Put your cat’s food on a tablecloth. Cats will sometimes pluck food from the bowl and enjoy it straight off the ground. This creates extra work since you must then clean up the leftover loose food. To make clean up a breeze, use a place mat underneath the bowl or a piece of fabric. You’ll be able to pick it up easily and shake the excess food into the trash.

Why is your cat meowing? You need to learn what their meows mean. She could be signaling that she is hungry, or she might want to go outside. Pay attention to her cues, and you can understand your cat that much more.

Cat Outside

If you want to let your cat outside, think again. Being outside all the time is not safe for a cat. Your cat may get fleas or something even worse than that. It could be injured via a vehicle or another animal. If you allow your cat outside, make sure you live in a reasonably safe area.

Is your home also the home of both a dog and cat? A dog will take any opportunity they have to eat your cats food. This makes it a good idea to have a cat feeding place high up enough that your dog can’t get to it. This will help prevent any fights that may occur between your animals.

TIP! Be considerate of your cat’s preferences while traveling. You might love blasting your favorite music while driving, but they enjoy softer sounds.

Seek the advice of others if you have a cat that’s giving you problems. Though you want to handle problems on your own, you may require advice from others who own cats. You can also go on the Web and ask your question in a forum.

Train your cat to tolerate a pet carrier. You cannot punish a cat the same way you would a dog. Cats are much more responsive to positive interaction rather than negative. Inside the carrier, put a favorite toy and blanket. Leave it open in an area the cat will see. Your cat will want to inspect the carrier and probably enjoy hiding inside. As the cat becomes used to being in the carrier, it will become easier to transport them in it.

Canned food is usually the best option for your cat. Although it is usually more expensive, canned food offers real nutritional advantages. Canned foods are also richer in fat, proteins and will help hydrate your cat. As your cat ages, canned food is more easily chewed. Speak with your veterinarian before making any major changes, however in general, canned food is better for your cat.

TIP! If you’re thinking about raising an outdoor cat, you should strongly reconsider. It might not be safe for your cat to go outdoors.

It can be quite expensive to properly care for your beloved cat. You should care for your pet like you would care for a child. Clearly, it really is possible to economize without sacrificing your cat’s care.