If you’re not used to cats because you’ve never had one, then you need to learn a few things first. Cats come with many issues from health issues to overpopulation. Dealing with these cats is a problem that costs businesses thousands and loses customers all year long.

Create a tablecloth for the feline. A lot of time cats will take their food from their bowls to eat it on the food bowl’s side. That means you will have to tidy up the food left beside the cat bowl. 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.

Do you have a cat and a dog? Understand that dogs will usually eat cat’s food if they can. That’s why you should place your cat’s food in a place which is hard for your dog to reach. This will prevent the two from fighting over the water when the food dishes are empty.

Take time to train your cat to go into a car carrier. Cats and dogs do not usually respond the same ways to punishment. They respond better to encouragement. Put a favorite blanket and toy in the carrier and leave it open somewhere the cat frequents. The cat will eventually get into it and feel comfy. As the cat becomes used to being in the carrier, it will become easier to transport them in it.

Feed canned food to your cat. Although dry food is usually less expensive, canned food is better for your cat. Canned food will give your cat more water, fat and protein. For older cats, canned food chew easier. Speak with the vet, but food in cans tends to be better.

Getting a second cat is usually beneficial to both, but you have to give the two cats a few weeks to get acclimated to each other. In the early days, you may see a lot of posturing from the cats including hissing and swatting at each other. If you give them enough time though, chances are good they will befriend each other and enjoy the extra company.

If your cat is urinating a lot or in areas away from the litter box, they may need to see the vet. Sometimes, abnormal urination habits indicate an infection of the urinary tract. A course of antibiotics often does the trick.

Make sure you consider where you are going to place the cat’s litter box. You may really want to hide that box from everyday life. But the most important factor is making sure your cat can easily access its littler box. This will keep your cat as happy as possible. Put a rug under it for cleanliness, too.

Help your cat live a longer life by keeping them healthy and keeping them current with check-ups and vaccinations. As with children, cats have to be immunized. Wellness checks are important to avoid diseases and health issues. You love your cat, so take the best care of him as possible.

If your cat is ready to give birth, give her an area to do it in that has plenty of space. It could take 3-4 hours for every kitten to arrive, so be patient. If the birth takes an excessively long time or you believe a kitten is stuck inside, an immediate visit to the veterinary hospital is essential.

One way a dog shows affection for his owner is to wag his tail. Cats wag or move their tails from side to side as well, but not for the reasons dogs do. Tail wagging in a cat usually indicates a mental conflict that your cat is mulling over, such as deciding whether to flee or attack. If you’re holding the cat and their tail begins wagging, they should be put down so that you don’t get scratched or hit.

To the greatest extent possible, you’ll want to keep your cat close to you and your house. Indoor cats live longer and have less illness and pests than outdoor cats. A cat that is properly exercised indoors won’t be at high risk of attack or disease like cats that remain outdoors.

Never have a declawed cat to spend time outdoors. Cats without claws cannot stand up for themselves if they encounter another animal. The result could be injuries or death. Only indoor cats should be declawed. Even so, you will only want to get the claws up front removed. Leaving the back claws are important so that your cat can scratch themselves.

Stray cats should no longer be a problem after reading this article. A cat can be a constant companion or just a decent neighbor – if you know how to treat it right. Just remember that cats are still delicate animals in a way, and you should always handle them with some level of care. You never know what the future holds, and it could be that you find a certain feral cat your life winds up incomplete without!