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This is a review of “Video Catnip” (the video can be found all over the internet) a video intended for all cats whose owners go out to work and have to leave them locked indoors during the day and, naturally, for full-time indoor cats. This video will provide hours of entertainment for your cat. We all know that cats like catnip and tend to go a little loopy around it so this film is has been well named. Let's rewind a little and just explain what the video is all about. The original video was shot in 1989 and was 25 minutes long but the re-vamped DVD includes not only the original but also an additional 1 1/2 hours of footage shot in high quality video.

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.

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.

The DVD is divided into four distinct sections #1 to entertain the cat owner #2 slower, but advising the owner that the main event (for the cat/s) is about to start – these two sections only last about five minutes. The rest of the DVD is most of the original video plus a further 1 1/2 hours of sounds and pictures for cats. So what is on the video and do the cats really like what they see? The film is a compilation of things all kitties like, birds, squirrels and chipmunks and are shot at close quarters so your cat can see and hear what is going on. Most cats are already curious about the television but if the sounds are right and it looks like prey, their in-built patience will have them watching for hours. However, herein lies a bit of a dilemma. If your cat is happy to be entertained in this way, you will need to ensure that the television you use is suitable for kitty pouncing. Your favorite 60″ plasma screen is not going to stand-up to it and really neither is any sort of flat screen. Try to use an old-fashioned television preferably with a durable frame (like a bottomless crate) built around it so your cat can get the advantage of attacking from above. Cats have known to get a little excited with this video so arrange your room accordingly. Since its introduction, “Video Catnip” has been an out-and-out best seller for cat entertainment although it is likely to be more appreciated by indoor cats than those who can get the real thing outside.

However, it does not mean that your cat will not be interested if she goes outside, it depends on her temperament. If your cat shows any interest in your television, it is most likely that she will also enjoy being entertained by a video made especially for her. Currently there are other DVDs available along the same lines, but in all honesty they do not offer the same kitty interest although they do tend to be a bit cheaper. This review of “Video Catnip” is, however, based on viewer satisfaction and not on price but at less than $18 it is a worthwhile purchase for your cat or cats. Do heed the warnings though, no plasma or flat screens and move the vases and plants from around the television before viewing begins! zx99gt44

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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