Cats and humans have lived together for centuries. Cats have also inspired countless works of art, including songs, plays, and films. Knowing this, you can’t blame cats for feeling just a tad superior! The article below contains some great advice for handling and caring for your cat.

Cats need a certain amount of grooming to stay healthy and presentable. You should comb and/or brush them on a regular basis. This can keep them clean. It will also limit shedding and may cut down on hairballs. Regularly grooming keeps cats looking well and keeps your home neater.

TIP! Regular visits to the vet will make sure that you cat is as healthy as he can be. Your cat needs to get a checkup about once every year, or more if there are issues that come up.

You can make your old cat feel better thanks to a hot tile placed under its bed. Just get a tile and heat it up in the oven for a while to place under the cat’s bed. Keep the temperature of the oven at 200 degrees. Wrap the tile in a towel and then put it under the bed. Change every few hours if you like.

You shouldn’t ever use products designed to be used on dogs on your cat. Cats often have negative reactions to dog products. This definitely applies to flea products. Canine flea medications are strong and often made from a different formula than the feline version. They can cause death in cats. You need to separate your pets when you treat them for fleas.

Cats love high spots. To keep your cat happy, offer him a spot of his own up high where he can survey his kingdom. If you can’t afford a cat tree, give the cat an empty shelf of his own. Put a blanket on it so they can rest peacefully.

TIP! If your cat is outdoors, it needs to have a tagged collar. Cats can travel a long way and this will help you get them back easier if they’re lost.

You may find it is helpful to talk to others about challenges you have with your cat. It’s possible that you could solve the problem on your own, but why deny help from others? The Internet has many cat forums where you can ask your questions, or simply speak with your vet.

Feed your cat a few different varieties of food. This can help him not get too finicky. If they only eat the same food, they may never eat another food in the future.

Don’t buy cheap cat food. Always look at the ingredients first. You want to see either fish, chicken or beef noted. If the food uses fillers like corn and other things that are not protein, that’s not a sign of the good nutrition a cat needs. This type of food should be avoided. Cats are carnivores, and they need a good amount of protein in their diet.

TIP! Microchips are an increasingly popular form of pet protection. Your pet may be an indoor cat, but that doesn’t mean it’ll never dash through your door or slide outside via an open window.

Purchase a drinking fountain for your cat. Cats like their water to move. A constant stream of water will entice them to stay hydrated. Running sink water is another alternative that you can use. Also, drinking fountains are more environmentally friendly and gives them the ability to drink naturally.

Be patient with your pets when you introduce a second cat into your home. There will be an inevitable adjustment period as your two cats get to know each other. They will probably hide from each other, hiss or even attack each other. After a bit of time, you’ll have two cats that will tolerate, and possibly enjoy, each other.

It is common for cats to get the impression that they rule the world at large, and especially their own environment. But, if you use what you have read here, you may be able to show your pet who the boss is supposed to be. Cats are wonderful creatures; apply what you’ve just learned, and you and kitty will get along just fine.