“Feral” is a term for cats that have no home and wander the streets. These abandoned kittens make up nearly half of the population of domesticated felines and can become a troublesome pest if you live in urban areas. Dealing with the problem of feral cats can cost a great deal of money.

Any drape cords should be hidden so the cat cannot grab hold of them. If the cat becomes caught in a loop, they could choke to death. This could lead to a severe injury or even death. To prevent this from happening, keep any drape cords pinned away from any eyes.

TIP! Don’t use dog portions for your cat. Cats will have a reaction that’s negative towards a product made for dogs.

Ensure that you groom your cat regularly and properly. You can regularly brush or comb your cat. This helps them keep their precious coat properly clean at all times. Removing excess hair also reduces shedding and can prevent hairballs. Brushing your cat will keep your home cleaner, too.

To help your old cat feel comfy, keep a tile that’s heated under their bed. Bake a one-foot tile made from terra cotta in the oven at 200 degrees F for around 15 to 20 minutes. Then, wrap this up into a towel and place it underneath your cat’s bed. Switch towels every few hours if you need to.

Taking your cat to the vet is part of being a responsible pet owner. A routine check-up should happen annually, and more often if necessary shots are due. Cats need to be seen by a vet right away if there are injuries or health problems that don’t go away.

TIP! Most cats prefer to be mostly nocturnal. They are often active at nighttime.

Make sure your cat is out of harms way by putting a little bitter apple on all the electrical cords to avoid them getting shocked. Cats who love to chew need to be kept away from cords. You can bundle loose cords together and place them inside paper towel rolls. If you own electronic devices with thin cords, you should keep them out of your cat’s reach when you’re not using them.

A microchip will allow you to find your pet if it is lost. Even cats who live completely indoors may someday decide to bolt out the door or escape out of a window. Collars and tags can help get your cat home, however cats are experts at wiggling out of these, not to mention the risk they pose if they were to get snagged on a bush or tree branch. Microchips are very small, approximately as large as a single grain of rice. Although they are small, they can hold your entire contact information. Most shelters and veterinarians can scan your pet to read the information on the chip, and the chip cannot be lost since it is beneath the skin.

Cats love to be clean. Hairballs are more common in long-haired cats. Buy special food in order to help that problem. Certain cat foods are made just for decreasing hairballs, benefiting both your cat and yourself.

TIP! You may be able to find a better deal on your cat’s prescription online instead of purchasing them from your veterinarian. In some situations, you may not have the choice to purchase meds over the Internet, such as a health emergency.

Crystals in the urine, an issue many male cats have, can be avoided with the proper food. These are very painful and expensive to treat. Your cat needs food low in magnesium. Be sure to read the ingredient label. Fish usually has more magnesium than poultry.

Create a tablecloth that your cats can use. Cats sometimes like to eat food outside of their bowl. This means food spillage that you will have to clean later. Something as simple as a place mat can help make cleanup easier.

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. Be sure that your children understand that an indoor cat must never be allowed outdoors. This will ensure nothing bad happens.

TIP! Do not discipline your cat if it makes a mess outside its litter box. Often, this happens when the litter box is dirty.

Speak with other cat owners about any issues you may be having. Although you may want to go it alone, it can be helpful to seek advice from other people that have experience owning cats. Your local veterinarian can be a valuable source of information, but there is also help available online by joining user forums geared toward cat owners.

You should brush your cat very regularly. This will spread a cat’s oils from their fur and help blood flow from within their skin. It can also get rid of hair that is loose. This helps prevent hairballs, which can lead to choking and other health issues.

Feed canned food to your cat. Dry food is less expensive, but there are added benefits to be had in canned cat food. Canned food generally provides more nutrients, protein and fat as well as liquids. Aging cats find it makes it much easier to chew. Can food is generally better, but consult your vet first before feeding it to your cat.

Litter Box

If the cat stops using their litter box all of a sudden, keep an eye on this. Abandoning proper litter box habits is often a warning sign of serious health problems in cats. A urinary infection or a kidney problem could be responsible for your cat’s behavior. If your cat stops going in the litter box, a call to the vet is in order.

You are now ready to protect your home and pets from feral cats. Cats are very loving creatures, once you get to know them. You should still be considerate of a cat’s sensitivities when interacting with it. It is possible to form an attachment with a feral cat and make him your pet.