Many people really are not prepared for the full responsibility of cat ownership. Finding a pet without preparing first is a terrible mistake. Of course, it's impossible to avoid each and every little bump in the road during pet ownership. Luckily these tips can give you an edge and help you face the unknown.

Keep your drape cords out of your cats reach. The cats will start playing with the cords and they can easily wrap around their necks. This may harm or kill them. Therefore, ensure that drape cords are pinned away from your cat's reach.

Put a heated tile beneath the bed of an older cat. Put a square foot of terra cotta tile into your oven heated to 200 degrees. Keep the tile in the oven for about 15 minutes. Wrap this in a towel that's old and then place it under the bed the cat sleeps on. If necessary, change this out every few hours.

Have your cat see a vet frequently to keep good health. Your cat should always go to the vet for a check up, especially if they need shots. Cats need to be seen by a vet right away if there are injuries or health problems that don't go away.

Nice furniture and cat claws don't get along very well. If you have problems with a cat that shreds furniture, invest in a durable scratching post. Put cat nip on it to attract them to it. They may not take to it overnight, but they should eventually.

Do not allow your cat to stay bored all of the time. Every cat needs exercise time and play! 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. Make sure your cats have a wide variety of toys and plenty of room for active play. Provide them with an indoor climbing area or scratching post.

You can often find better deals for cat medicine online rather than buying them from the veterinarian. In an emergency, this won't be much help, of course. For ongoing medical issues, you can buy ahead and save a substantial amount of money online.

A tablecloth should be made for your cats. Cat's will often remove food from their bowl to eat it. Sometimes this will make the area around the bowl messy, and you'll have to clean it. Use a placemat under your cat's bowl or cut some fabric to create a small tablecloth. Shake the placemat or cloth over the garbage regularly.

You don't want to punish a cat if they do their business outside of their litter box. It might be happening because you aren't caring for the box good enough. Punishments given to the cat will just make him or her less willing to be around its owner going forward.

Provide your cat with canned food rather than dry. Dry food is cheaper, but some wet foods have more benefits. It has water content, which is good for cats with bladder issues. Aging cats find it makes it much easier to chew. Speak with your veterinarian, but keep this tip in mind.

Expect it to take several weeks for your current cat to accept a new cat in the home. They might have conflict, hide from each other or swat one another. Cats usually learn to enjoy having a companion or at least put up with another one in their home.

Your cat needs good play time. Playing is a very common activity shared by most animals. Your old cat will not play as much but will still appreciate the excitement. Make sure you have fun with the cat whenever you can!

When dogs are excited their tails wag from side to side. When a cat wags its tail, it's for a completely different reason. When a cat wags its tail, it is usually due to conflict and a potential decision of fight or flee. When you hold your cat and he begins to wag his tail, put him down!

Avoid overfeeding your cat, as it can lead to many health issues. It can lead to obesity, diabetes and other health related problems. Monitor your cat's meal portions, and be sure he is getting a well balanced diet.

Try using sticky tape if you own a cat. If your cat is ruining your upholstery, tape can be a good way to stop your cat from doing so. Many pet shops sell this sort of tape. You should also give your cat a favorable alternative by purchasing a scratching post.

Cats get sick from many of the same things as humans. Your cat is a member of the family, so you know better than anyone when your cat isn't feeling well. You should have your vet check out your cat. The vet can then rule out serious conditions.

Keep your cat inside if you don't want him getting fleas, rabies or anything else. These things may happen to an indoor cat, but they will more likely happen to a cat who lives most of his life outside.

Give your cat a parasite treatment often. There are drops you use monthly that can be effective. These medicines keep harmful parasites away from your cat. Get a brand that's specifically for cat use to keep them safe.

Avoid gifting your child with a new cat during the holidays. It is simply too busy a time to care for the animal properly. Let your child select their next pet in the store.

Watch out for your cats when they are playing around Christmas trees. Cats are extremely curious creatures; therefore, whenever you place Christmas decorations and a Christmas tree in your home, cats may attempt to claw the decorations and climb up the tree. Keep them away from your tree and watch loose ornaments and tinsel that could harm their digestive tract.

These tips can work on cats of all breeds and ages. You also need to get to know your cat better so you can adapt to its needs and habits. Most importantly, enjoy your cat.