Cats are curious by nature. They might appear to be independent, but they really do enjoy your company. They can be difficult to understand at times, but nothing compares to a cat purring. Use these tips to understand your feline friend.

Cats often view small spaces as a fun challenge. If your cat gets caught on something wearing a traditional collar they could end up hurting their neck trying to break free. The advantage to a breakaway type collar is that if enough pressure is put on it, it will just let go rather than strangle the cat. It can really be a life saver for your cat.

Be sure you have a vet that your cat sees regularly so it stays healthy. A yearly visit for a regular check-up is important, with more frequent visits for shots as required. Cats should visit the vet right away if they are having any issues.

Cats love to be clean. Long hair encourages hairballs. If your cat needs assistance with this problem, consider a special diet. Some foods are enriched in fibers and vitamins to facilitate the digestion of the hairballs.

Crystals in the urine, an issue many male cats have, can be avoided with the proper food. It can be painful to pass these crystals and your vet bill will be priced accordingly. Feed your cat food that is low in magnesium. Just as in the grocery store, take the time to read the labels. Products that have fish in them have more magnesium usually when compared to products with poultry.

You must take caution when leaving your cat with any children. A cat should not be left alone with a child under five years of age. You may not have noticed a problem when you see them together, but very kids do not really understand they can accidentally harm or kill a kitten. As your children get older, you can decide when to teach them about handling a pet.

Your cat should be acclimated to a carrier as a kitten. Cats don't react to punishment like dogs do. They need positive reinforcement. Take their favorite blanket and place it within the carrier. Then leave the carrier with the door ajar in a frequented spot. Eventually, the cat will go into the carrier naturally and feel comfortable. Once the cat is comfortable with the carrier, you can transport it easily.

Canned food is usually the best option for your cat. While dry food is less expensive, canned food is healthier. It has water content, which is good for cats with bladder issues. It's also much softer on older teeth if your cat is getting up there in years. Can food is generally better, but consult your vet first before feeding it to your cat.

Your cat should always wear a collar and ID tag. This is crucial even if the cat lives inside. The lure of an open door or window is very attractive to your curious cat. The tag your cat wears should display your number and your veterinarian's information. This is also vital if your animal has health issues.

If you decide to declaw your cat, never allow it to go outside. Your cat may be seriously injured or killed because they are not prepared to defend themselves against another animal who may attack them. Indoor cats can be declawed, though. Even with that, only their front claws should be removed. The back claws should remain as they will not scratch furniture or floors.

Don't give cats human medication. When your cat has health issues, they should be taken to their vet, who will give them any medication they need. Drugs and medicines designed for human consumption can cause serious health problems for cats, and in extreme cases, can even be fatal.

Cats will smell changes around their home. It can occur when something new is introduced to the home, like a new water bowl, scratching post or bed. If the cat doesn't like it, don't be alarmed. Your cat will begin using it as soon as he is used to its smell.

If your find that your cat is panting, pay attention. Panting is normal behavior for a dog, but that is not always the case for cats. Panting in a cat possibly indicates something serious is going on. Make sure you contact a vet, especially if your cat has had respiratory problems in the past.

If you adopted a cat while you were unemployed and it is now time for you to return to work, your cat may get very lonely around the house. It can be a good idea to get a companion cat to keep yours company when you are at work.

Feed your cat a regular dose of dry food. When cats are kittens they need wet food because their teeth are so small. As the adult teeth grow in, hard food can help to clean and strengthen the teeth. Dry and wet food can be mixed if you have a picky cat.

Overfeeding your cat can result in serious health issues as he ages. An obese cat is at a high risk for health issues. Take care to feed your cat the correct portion sizes. A balanced, nutritious diet is important.

Cats can get the same sorts of illnesses humans get. Your cat is an important family member, so it is up to you to know when he/she is not feeling well. Always take your cat to the vet if you suspect illness. The vet can reassure you that your cat isn't seriously ill.

Be wary of any small spaces around your house that you want to keep your cat out of. Cats can sneak into small gaps and areas. Especially kittens. Take care of this issue when you have a new cat coming into your home. Cover or repair large holes you see.

Cats can be a strange and mercurial breed, but they are most definitely good companions if you get close to them. Allow the advice this article contains to help guide you on a path to a happier life for you and your pet. Caring for a cat is one of life's great pleasures.