It isn’t easy to adopt a cat and quickly get up-to-speed on how to care for it. Never make the mistake of getting a cat without doing some research and planning first. Even if you are an experienced cat owner, there are always things you can learn to take better care of your cat. The following tips can put you in the best position as a caretaker.

You can make your old cat feel better thanks to a hot tile placed under its bed. Place a tile made of terra cotta or a similar material in an oven heated to 200 degrees for around 15 to 20 minutes. Put it inside an old towel, then place it beneath the cat’s bed. Change it out every few hours if you feel the need.

Receiving plenty of positive, loving attention is important for your cat. Cats need just as much companionship as they give out. Like people, cats like to socialize and need to feel like they’re an essential part of your life. They want to feel like a valuable, happy family member, too.

Try as hard as you can to understand the reason your cat meows at you. Learning about your cat’s meows will be easier the longer you know her. The cat may want something to eat or to get let out. You’ll learn her cues quickly.

Avoid letting your cat go outdoors. This can put your cat in an unsafe position. Your cat could get fleas or even worse parasites. 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 your cat really wants to go outside, let it out into a small area in your yard.

Are you a cat and dog owner? Understand that dogs will usually eat cat’s food if they can. You should keep your cat food away from the dog. The added benefit is that you will prevent fights over the other animals food and water when one of them runs out.

Brush your cat’s fur regularly. This can help spread their fur’s natural oils around and stimulate blood flow to their skin. It can help decrease the amount of loose hair as well. This prevents hairballs, which can cause choking, and builds up in the cat’s stomach from self grooming.

It is important that your cat always where a collar that identifies them. This applies even to indoor cats. Cats can slip out a door in a flash. Tags that have your vet’s name and phone number are good things to put on the collar. Also make sure to note any unusual medical requirements.

These tips should be useful whether you have a Siamese kitten or an old Bengal. Though the concepts are the same, there will inevitably be variations and a different set of circumstances for each family. The number one thing you should do is enjoy having your cat around.