Many people really are not prepared for the full responsibility of cat ownership. Getting pets before properly preparing is a disaster. Even well-educated cat owners are often faced with unexpected challenges. Using these tips is a great solution to help you get prepared for what to expect in owning a cat.

Look a local animal shelters for cats. There are tons of loving cats there, and the fees often cover the needed vet care. Rescuing a cat can end up making a big difference in both of your lives.

Ensure your cat remains groomed. Regular combing and brushing is usually all that is required. This leads to a cleaner cat. Having a clean fur coat helps reduce the amount of hairballs that get spit up around the house. A well groomed cat will be much more pleasant for everyone and will also help you keep your home clean.

Female cats need to be spayed as soon as they reach the proper age. This is true even if you think your cat is indoors only. One escape can lead to a lot of small kittens around! The best method of preventing your cat from pregnancy is to get her spayed.

An outdoor cat must always wear a tag on its collar. Cats can range far from your home and the tag will help them find their way home. Make sure at a minimum to put your pets name and your phone number on the tag.

It can be hard to make your cat stay off the counter. They love to be able to look around from up high. Give them an alternative. Having a cat tower near your kitchen will keep them off your counters.

A microchip for your cat is something that you should really consider. Even an indoor cat may find a way out of your home. A collar with tags increases your chances of getting your cat back if it gets lost but it can also be a risk, for instance if it gets snagged in some branches. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and can hold all of your contact information. The chip will never be lost because it is under the skin and it can easily be read by any shelter or vet.

Cover the area around your cat’s bowl with a cloth. Often cats prefer moving food from a bowl onto the floor to eat. If this happens, you’ll have to clear away any excess food that’s left outside. Place a piece of fabric or a place-mat under your cat’s bowl and then simply shake it over a garbage can for quick and easy clean up.

Brush your cat on a regular basis. This helps spread out the cat’s natural oils in their fur and stimulates blood flow in the skin. It can help decrease the amount of loose hair as well. This avoids the hairball problem, which may lead to choking and a buildup of hair in the stomach.

Such training concepts are useful for all types of cats. You have learned basic information that makes raising a cat much easier. Remember though, everyone’s cat and circumstances are different requiring certain adjustments. Remember to have plenty of fun and give your cat plenty of love and attention.…