If you were able to save a cat’s life, would you? There are literally millions of cats who are stuck in shelters through no fault of their own, and they need a loving forever home. It only takes some knowledge and commitment to care for a cat. Read here about how to approach the process properly.

Keep your drape cords out of your cats reach. Cats should not be allowed to play with these cords, as they can get parts of their body stuck in the cord loops. It may actually cause them some serious harm. Pin and hide drape cords to avoid this.

TIP! Keep drape cords away from cats. Cats can potentially strangle themselves on these cords so it is important to protect your cat from this potential danger.

If you have an outdoor kitty, make sure to invest in a break away collar with an identification tag. A lost cat is much easier to locate if they are properly tagged. Some required information on the tag would be the cat’s name and your personal phone number.

You might find that your cat sleeps all day and wants to be active at night. They get very active at night. If your cats keep you up at night, kick them out of the bedroom. You can keep them from bothering you at night and getting your feet while you’re under covers.

Your cat can take lots of time to groom themselves to what they consider “perfect.” If the cat has longer hair, it can be the cause of hairballs. One way to alleviate this condition in your cat is by feeding him special food. Some food are produced specifically for hairball reduction, which will help.

TIP! Make sure you keep all the recommended appointments with your cat’s veterinarian. Your cat should have regular well visits, as well as all the recommended vaccinations for his age.

Your cat has sensitive ears, especially in the car when they’re stressed out. You may like music loud and booming, but a cat will prefer lower volumes as their ears are more sensitive. To keep you cat from feeling nervous, keep the volume at a lower level. A trip is already stressful for a pet.

Why is your cat meowing? After living with your cat for long, it’s easier to interpret its meows. Your cat might need food or might want to go out. By giving her the proper amount of attention you can better attend to her needs.

If your thinking about allowing your cat to go outside, you may want to reconsider. This can put your cat in an unsafe position. Your cat may pick up some fleas, or worse. Cats can be gravely injured or killed by eating poisonous plants, flowers or chemicals, hit by a car or even harmed by neighbors who are irritated with your cat on their property. If you must let your cat outside, do so in a very small area of your backyard or lawn.

TIP! If your kitty is a female, make sure to plan a spaying once she is of age to breed. 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.

Be very careful about allowing children to be alone with a kitten. Particularly if the children are younger than five, they need supervision. These children just do not possess the maturity to handle a kitten. They aren’t aware of the danger that they can cause to it. Once the child is older and more mature, decide if they are ready for the responsibility of handling animals.

It’s important to let your cat see where you place the litter box, but it’s not always a good idea to force your cat to learn how to use it. This comes quite naturally to them and is not something that is learned. It’s not a good idea to rub your cats paws in litter. Some people think this is the way to train. It isn’t.

Is cat hair getting into everything you own? Cats can shed quite a bit; therefore, it’s important that you maintain proper grooming habits by brushing them often. The more your cat sheds, the more often you want to give them a good brushing. This can also prevent their coat from becoming matted or tangled.

Litter Box

You should worry if your cat is no longer using its litter box. This could be a side effect of a health problem. 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.

It is important to designate a big and comfortable area for your cat to deliver her kittens. The birth will take place over the span of several hours. If it drags on for six to eight hours, call your vet immediately to talk to them about it.

TIP! You may want to have a microchip implanted in your cat. You may not have had trouble with your cat getting loose previously, but it can happen at any time by accident.

Pay attention to panting from your cat. For dogs, panting is typical behavior. Panting can be an indicator of health problems in your cat. It is wise to consult your vet, especially if the cat has past respiratory problems.

Being a good cat owner is something to take pride in. You’re providing affection and shelter to a create that needs it badly. As a pet owner, you can bond with your new cat in a mutually beneficial relationship. When you love your cat, it will love you back.