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There are very few cat owners who do not become totally captivated by their pets. Some spend a great deal of time and money caring or their cats and looking after their and well being. Normally once you allow a cat into life its comfort and care will become of paramount importance to you.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

There are even cat owners who will tell you that their cat understands every word they say and they believe it. Unfortunately the experts tell us that this is not actually the case. No matter how intelligent your cat is it cannot understand your language.

What it does do is understand the tone of your voice and it is believed that as far a cat is concerned we only have two tones. These we can call love and anger. If you want to test this theory out try telling your cat off but using your loving and soft voice. The result will be that your pet will look up at you and purr in exactly the same way as if you were telling it how much you loved it. I would not recommend trying the reverse experiment of shouting at the cat how much you loved it but trust me there would be no purring.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

As someone who lives alone I talk to my cat all the time and it is as much for my benefit as his. If someone on the television or radio comes out with a statement I disagree with I will explain to my cat why that is wrong. I have even in the past asked my cat if it knows where my car keys are when I can not find them. Not surprisingly he never does.

In my experience cats love to be talked too. Mine sits there wide eyed listening to every word I say. Well he does until he gets bored which can vary from 30 seconds to 10 minutes when he either goes to sleep or wanders off. A cat can be an ideal sounding board if you have a problem you want to discuss and sort out in your own mind. They rarely interrupt, never make pointless suggestions or change the subject. Yet, somehow once you have explained all the facts to your cat the solution becomes much clearer.

So talking to your cat can be good for both of you even if neither of you really understand a word the other is saying.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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