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Some cat safety tips to consider at home

Keep your drape cords away from your cats. Cats should not be allowed to play with these cords, as they can get parts of their body stuck in the cord loops. This could even choke them to death. To prevent this from happening, keep any drape cords pinned away from any eyes.

TIP! You never want to leave the cords of your drapes dangling down. Don’t let the cat play with them since they can jump into them or play with them and get them around their neck if they have loops.

In case you are unfamiliar with the word, feral cats are the population of cats that live wondering along the street. These orphaned cats make up 1/2 of the domesticated pet population, and they can be a pain if you reside in the city. Keep reading for the cat care information that you crave.

If your cat goes outside, it is important to have a collar with a tag. Understand that cats may travel a long distance; therefore, if it gets lost, this tag will assist you and others in finding it. The tag needs your phone number and cat’s name at the minimum.

TIP! If you have an outside cat, you need to give it a collar and some identification tags. The collar and tag will make it easier to find the cat if it gets lost.

Remove the drape cords from visibility when a cat is in the house. If the cat becomes caught in a loop, they could choke to death. This may seriously injure or kill your cat. Hang your drapery cords out of your cats’ sight to avoid this.

It can be hard to make your cat stay off the counter. They love to be able to look around from up high. Therefore, you should create high areas for resting. One way to keep your cats from continuously jumping on the counter is to install a cat tower near the problem counter.

TIP! It can be hard to make your cat stay off the counter. Cats naturally love heights so they can easily see everyone and everything.

Be sure you show your cat lots of love. They give us love, and we need to return it to them. They are social creates which need reassurance. They want to feel like a contented and satisfied member of the family.

A microchip will allow you to find your pet if it is lost. Even an indoor cat could someday jump through an open window. While a collar with a tag is useful, remember that your cat may be able to escape from the collar while they are away. Collars can also harm your cat if they get caught. Microchips are very small, approximately as large as a single grain of rice. Although they are small, they can hold your entire contact information. Almost every vet and shelter has a scanner these days, and they can retrieve your contact information should they find your pet.

TIP! You may want to have a microchip put into your car. Your pet may be an indoor cat, but that doesn’t mean it’ll never dash through your door or slide outside via an open window.

If you need cat medication, consider searching online instead of using your veterinarian in order to find a better deal. Sometimes, you may need the medicine immediately though. If you are buying cat medicine often, you can usually save up to 50% online.

Cats are partially nocturnal. This means nighttime is an active time for your cat. If your cats are busy keeping you awake early, just close your bedroom door. This will keep the cats away while you’re trying to sleep because they won’t be jumping all over you.

TIP! Cats are nocturnal animals. This means that they will be the most active at night time.

When your cat accompanies you on a trip, remember to consider the health of their ears. You may enjoy it, but it could be hurting your cat’s ears. If your cat seems upset or agitated, turn down the music and speak calmly to him.

Create a tablecloth for the feline. Cat’s will often remove food from their bowl to eat it. This creates extra work since you must then clean up the leftover loose food. An easier way to do that is to either buy a placemat and put it underneath the cat bowl, or to cut a bit of fabric to use as a tablecloth that you can pick up and wash or shake over the garbage can.

TIP! Create a tablecloth that your cats can use. Cats sometimes like to eat food outside of their bowl.

Put a cloth down in your cat’s eating area. A lot of time cats will take their food from their bowls to eat it on the food bowl’s side. This makes quite a mess. Think about putting a placemat underneath the bowl or make your own tablecloth out of fabric.

When purchasing a tiny kitty as gift for the kids, it’s best to establish boundaries well ahead of the arrival. You can then teach your kids which areas your cat can go into. If your cat is going to be one that stays inside, let the kids know that it’s not allowed outside. This will ensure nothing bad happens.

TIP! When you purchase a kitten for your child, set rules and boundaries beforehand. Let your kids know where the cat can go.

Don’t leave a kitten with small kids. If the child is younger than 5, don’t leave them alone with a kitten. These children just do not possess the maturity to handle a kitten. They aren’t aware of the danger that they can cause to it. Once the child is older and more mature, decide if they are ready for the responsibility of handling animals.

Do your best to determine why your cat is meowing. The more time you spend with your cat, the better you’ll understand what its meows mean. Possibilities include that she is hungry or wants to be let outside. You’ll learn her cues quickly.

TIP! Why is your cat meowing? If you have spent any significant amount of time around your cat, you will quickly find you can figure out what he wants when he cries. She could be signaling that she is hungry, or she might want to go outside.

High areas are ideal for cats. For a truly happy cat, provide a safe place for your cat to survey his surroundings. You can have a cat tree or even a strong wall shelf. Providing a blanket or bed for your cat is an extra treat for them.

Cats love heights. A happy cat is one that has a safe living environment. If you do not want cats making a mess in your house, remove breakable items from your shelves. Putting a soft cat bed on the shelf can help to add a little comfort.

TIP! Cats love heights. A cat will only be happy if you give it a safe spot to look over everything.

You are now ready to protect your home and pets from feral cats. Cats often attack other pets and tear up your gardens if you don’t watch out. Obviously, cats are living beings and you should always be considerate to the extent that is safe for you. Cats, whether feral or indoor, deserve a loving home.

Speak to other people if you’re having cat troubles. Although you might want to take care of things on your own, advice from other people with cats can be a big help. Participate in online discussion boards for cat owners, or pick up the telephone and speak with your vet.

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Cat Proofing Your Home

Maine Coon personalityMaine Coon Cats are very playful.  Unlike other breeds of cats, the Maine Coon continues to remain very playful for its entire life.  They certainly have great personalities & are always seeking or up for a good time.  In light of this, it is probably a good idea to make your home safe for the Maine Coon Cat.

Black Maine Coons learn quickly how to use &  to manipulate items with their big paws. They quickly learn how to open drawers, cabinet doors, how to flush the toilet, how to lift the toilet lid, and even how to turn on water faucets. This can become a very big problem for you – and a very big danger for your Maine Coon Cat.

It’s a good idea to start by putting child-proof locks on any cabinets that you want your Maine Coon to be kept out of. Remember, however, that you are not child-proofing your home, you are Maine Coon Cat proofing your home, so make sure that you also apply child-proof locks to upper cabinets, and drawers as well.

For the cabinets and drawers that you don’t mind your Maine Coon opening, make sure that they are  toxic free. Never assume that if the cap is on a toxic chemical that it cannot harm your cat. It can!  Put these types of items into cabinets that have the child-proof locks. Even though Maine Coons do not climb well, this won’t stop them from investigating those high places at some point.

Take a walk about your home, examining each room for pitfalls.  Indoor cats that are well cared for become extremely relaxed in their surroundings. You probably can’t sneak up on a sleeping cat outdoors, but you could probably bounce all around your well-loved indoor cat and never disturb his nap.  He feels safe, and therefore sleeps very soundly.

While the sleep itself is not a danger, rolling over in his sleep could be. Cats put themselves in the oddest places for a nap. For example, if you have a flat top deep freeze in your kitchen, beside your refrigerator, you probably don’t have much room between the two. The chances are good that the top of the freezer will be a favorite nap spot of your Maine Coon. If he sleeps on the edge, rolls over, and falls down between the two appliances, it could hurt him – simply because there really isn’t enough room for him there.

If your cat wears a collar, (why oh why?) use the type of collar that will break away if it snags on something.  This will prevent your cat from being choked to death by his own collar. Of course, you need a main coon cat friendly harness, if you take him outdoors. Otherwise, look around your home for potential ‘snags.’

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Bing hiding in his “crunchy pants”

Cats love plastic bags. They like the noise they make, for the most part, but just as they adore hiding in paper sacks, they will also try to hide in a plastic bag. They could get trapped inside and smother. Keep plastic bags out of their reach.

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