A cat that is healthy and well mannered can be a great addition to any family. The tips below will help you enjoy your cat.

Make sure your cat has a collar and tag if it goes outside. Cats can range far from home and without a tag they could become lost forever.The tag should contain your name and the number where you can be reached.

A cat can cause lots of damage to your home. It might take a little while, but it can usually eliminate the problem.

Don’t allow your cat get frequently bored. Cats need to play and play. Bored cats can develop depression and mental disorders that may negatively impact their health. Give them exercise space and a large number of toys. Indoor cats will be happier if you provide them with climbing resources and practical things such as scratching post.

Cats are generally great with kids, but small children might be too rough. Teach your children how to properly handle a cat. Teach them about appropriate activities are good and how to properly pick your cat up. Cats have weaker bones than dogs so it is important to treat them with care.

Do you have both a dog and a dog? Dogs will eat food right up. This makes it a good idea to have two separate feeding areas. This can prevent squabbles over the water before they start.

You may find it is helpful to talk to other pet owners if you have an issue with yours. Although you may feel like you don’t need help, other cat owners can provide you with excellent advice that may help you to resolve it.

Litter Box

Don’t try and teach the basics of using a litter box. This will be something that comes naturally and it usually is not learned fro another. Don’t try to force your cat into the litter box by rubbing their paws or face in it.

Do not discipline your cat if it makes a mess in the area outside of the litter box. If this happens, it’s probably because their litter box is not properly cared for. Punishing your cat will make it afraid to be around you in the future.

Take time to make your cat familiar and comfortable with a car carrier. Cats just don’t react to punishment like dogs do. They respond better with encouragement. Place a beloved blanket or item inside the carrier to make your cat more acclimated to the cat’s usual haunts. The cat will eventually get into it and feel safe when it enters this carrier after a while. This takes the hassle out of traveling with your cat inside easier later.

Owning a cat can be difficult, but it can also be really rewarding. The advice above can be beneficial to the owner of a lazy cat, the owner of a hyperactive cat, or the owner of something in between. Soon, you’ll be hearing less meows and more purrs.

By Laura