The poet T.S Eliot Eliot once described cats as a creature on which a household depends, and there’s definitely some truth in his words. A home can benefit from a healthy, good cat. Unfortunately, cats aren’t the easiest pets to live with. Here’s some advice for building a healthier relationship with your pet.

Prevent your cats from playing with drapery cords. Do not let your cat play with these. If the cords are in loops and the cat jumps into them or plays with them, they could possibly get them caught around their neck. This could cause injury or death. Keep all drape cords out of reach as a preventative measure.

TIP! If you have drape cords in your home, keep them away from your cats. Cats should not be allowed to play with these cords, as they can get parts of their body stuck in the cord loops.

You should make sure your cat stays groomed properly. Just like dogs, cats require regular brushing and de-tangling. Brushing rids your cat’s coat of dirt and helps keep them clean. It will also cut down on shedding and hairballs. In order to keep shed hair down to a minimum, plus have a beautiful cat, you must groom your cat regularly.

If you’d like to make an elderly cat’s bed more comfy, stick a heated tile beneath its bed. A terra cotta tile heated in your oven on about 200 degrees and for 15 minutes will do. You should wrap it with a towel and place it under the bed your cat uses. If you want, you can change it for a newly warmed tile a few hours later.

If you own a female cat, make sure the cat is spade when she’s old enough. While your cat may be an indoor one, there is always the possibility it can get out and you wind up with kittens one day. Having your cat spayed helps to control the pet population and will save you time and trouble.

TIP! Cats are curious by nature, which can end up getting them into trouble. Collars can be a safety risk if your kitty gets stuck.

Never use something that is intended for a canine on your feline. Cats will react very negatively to any products intended for dogs. Flea products for dogs are one of the worst products to give a cat. Flea treatments made for a dog can be fatal to a cat. If your dog has been treated for fleas, keep him away from your cat for at least three hours.

Never let your cat experience frequent boredom. Play and exercise are both important for cats’ well-being. Sadly, this can be easily overlooked. Bored cats are more prone to depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as many other behavioral issues. Give them enough space to exercise in, with fun toys to keep them entertained. An indoor cat needs a good scratching post.

Most cats prefer to be mostly nocturnal. This means nighttime is an active time for your cat. Try closing the door if your cats are keeping you awake at night. This will ensure you sleep much better, without cats jumping into bed with you.

TIP! If you have a female cat it is important to have her spayed once she becomes old enough. Even if she is an inside cat, you need to spay her because she could get out.

Why is your cat meowing? Once you become familiar with your cat and its needs, it will become easier to determine what he needs when he meows. It may be a sign your cat needs food, or needs to be let outdoors. Understand your cat’s preferences, and you’ll be that much better off.

Don’t get rid of an old scratching post. You may believe that it’s in terrible condition, but cats typically prefer it this way. By removing the old item and replacing it with a new one, your cat may try to find another item to scratch. This could end up being furniture.

Always make sure that your cat has on identification tags and a collar. This is very important for indoor cats. You know how curious cats are, and any open door can mean the cat disappears. The tag your cat wears should display your number and your veterinarian’s information. This is also vital if your animal has health issues.

TIP! Don’t use dog products on your cats ever. Cats often have negative reactions to dog products.

Expect it to take several weeks for your current cat to accept a new cat in the home. Do not expect an instant friendship. Instead, look for them to hide frequently, hiss and possibly even become physical with each other. Sooner or later, they’ll tolerate and even begin to love each other.

If you desire a long-haired cat, it’s best to know what kind of care is involved before you do so. That hair will truly get everywhere! You must be willing to spend more time cleaning your home. Long-haired cats also often have hairballs.

Are you having a hard time getting rid of cat hair? Cats shed frequently; therefore, you need to brush them on a regular basis. If your cat is a big shedder, you definitely want to brush him often. This also prevents matting and tangling.

TIP! Your cat needs a collar and tag if it goes outside. Cats sometimes travel a bit when outside, and a tag prevents any mishaps due to your cat being lost.

Let your cat give birth in a large space. You need to be patient, as it will be three or four hours before all the kittens have been born. If you suspect that there are more kittens inside your cat and it has been six hours of labor or more, you should take your cat to the veterinarian immediately.

Cats are able to smell very well and will notice changes to their environment. This can lead to issues when you introduce something new, such as a new toy, bed, or food dish. You shouldn’t be disappointed if your cat avoids new items at first. As the item takes assimilates the smell of his home, it will become acceptable to your cat.

There are great benefits which come from owning a cat. You need to get to know your cat better so you can focus on the kind of attention it needs the most. Those meows will be replaced with purrs in short order.