If you want a wonderful pet, look no further than a cat. Those who have never owned a cat before would be wise to read the following article. Continue reading for some advice you can use when you live with a cat.

Good grooming is important for cats. Cats must be brushed and groomed frequently. Such practices help keep cats' coats clean. This will also cut down on shedding and can reduce issues with hairballs. Regularly grooming keeps cats looking well and keeps your home neater.

Regular vet checkups for your cat are very important. Your vet will provide your cat with the shots it needs to prevent disease. Your vet can also check the overall health of your cat. Try keeping the same vet throughout your cat's life. This one vet will be aware of the cat's history.

Be cautious about using canine products on your feline friend. Cats often have negative reactions to dog products. Be very careful with the flea products you use. Using dog flea products on your cat can kill them. Keep your cat away from your puppy after treating it with some flea products.

A microchip for your cat is something that you should really consider. Indoor cats could run out your door or jump out the window. A collar and identification tags can help bring your pet back to you. But experts point out that collars that do not snap apart quickly if your cat gets it caught on a branch or even a bush can accidentally strangle your cat. Your important information can all fit nicely on a rice grain sized microchip. They are impossible for your pet to lose, and most vets and shelters have equipment that can read these chips.

Keep your cat away from boredom. Just like dogs, cats need playtime and physical exercise, too. Sometimes, cat owners don't realize this. Bored cats can develop depression and other harmful health conditions. Give them room to play and a large number of toys. If they're an indoor cat, get them an object to climb on or a scratching post.

You have to place a litter box correctly. Never put the box near your cat's food, and pick a quiet place away from areas that are heavily used. Also make sure the area is well ventilated to keep the smell to a minimum. You and your cat will greatly appreciate this.

Is there a dog in your home, as well as a cat? Dogs will eat a cat's food any time they're given the chance. If you're having a problem with this, make your cat's eating area high enough that your dog cannot reach. This will ensure they don't fight over food or water, too.

Do not punish your cat if they make a mess in the area outside of the litter box. Improper box care on your part causes the mess, not the cat. Punishing your cat may cause him to become afraid of you or their litter box.

Plan on spending the money for good cat food that contains the nutrients that your cat needs. Carefully look over ingredients, and be sure that a quality protein source like chicken, fish, or beef is at the beginning of the list. Try omitting non-protein based foods such as corn from your regular diet. Cats need meat, not vegetables.

If your cat uses the bathroom more than normal, or if they suddenly stop using the litter box, think about taking them to the veterinarian. Sometimes, abnormal urination habits indicate an infection of the urinary tract. Certain antibiotics prescribed by your vet can clear up the problem.

Make sure play time is an important part of your cat's life. As a matter of fact, exercise is crucial for all animals. Although older cats won't be as active as younger cats, they still need a little exercise. Have as much fun time with your cat as possible.

Do you feel as if there is cat hair all over the place? Since cats shed so much, you must remember to brush them regularly. If your cat sheds a lot, you need to brush it more often. This will also help their coat from getting tangled or matted.

If your feline just won't use the litter box, try moving it to a different location. Cats often don't go to the bathroom when they feel vulnerable, so move the litter box somewhere quiet. A basement, laundry room, or another area that doesn't experience much household traffic is the ideal spot for the litter box.

Make sure your cat's collar has important information, such as your address, phone number and name. Even if they're an indoor cat, they may get out. If this occurs, you must be sure that your animal can find its way home.

Don't use products with phenol in a house with a cat. A lot of household cleaners have this in them, so you should read the labels before using them around your cat. The smell is pretty offensive to cats, and prolonged exposure can lead to liver damage.

Keep cats inside as much as you can, or at least close to you or your home. Cats that stay indoors tend to live a lot longer because they're not exposed to the elements outside of the home. Going outside may give your pet some exercise, but the risk of disease or injury outweighs that benefit.

If your cat has been declawed, outdoors should be off-limits. Since the cat is not able to adequately defend himself from attack, there is a risk of serious injury. Indoor cats are the only ones who should be considered for declawing. The front claws should be the only ones removed. Don't have the back claws removed, since cats don't use them to scratch up your house.

Owning a cat is quite rewarding. Cats provide plenty of affection and stress relief to their owners. Having said this, in order to actually enjoy your cat, you need to be aware of how to properly care for for your cat. Use the above tips for you both to live together for many years.