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Converting a house into a cat shelter is a wonderful way to give homeless cats shelter until they are able to be placed with their own family in a home. But while they are all there, an air purifier is a must to keep the air fresh and odor-free for your feline clients, the people that care for them, and for the potential owners who will visit. Here are 4 things your air purifier should be able to do in your cat house.

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.

Remove Urine Odor-One of the most off-putting smells in the whole world is cat urine. And with a number of cats grouped together, who may or may not be used to using the litter box, the stench in the air can easily become overpowering. Eliminating this smell is directly related to the health of the kitties, the quality of your staff, and the quality of customers you will be able to attract who will adopt the kitties.

Carbon filters are well known for their ability to remove odors. But carbon alone will not remove the ammonia that is the predominant offender in urine. An additive to increase is ability to absorb the ammonia is a necessary part of the filter make-up.. Without it, the eye-stinging effects that urine can cause will not go away.

Eliminate Dander-Dander is dead flakes of skin that are shed by all warm-blooded animals as newer healthier skin replaces it. Shedding is continuous as they move through they daily activities.. There is nothing you can do about this continual process except deal with it.

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.

Clearing it from the air keeps felines and humans healthy. Because it is so small—2 to 5 microns in size–it can easily penetrate the inner tissue of the lungs and with continually inhalation of large amounts, it can cause nodules to form. Most often they are benign, but clearing the air reduces the amount available to be inhaled.

High efficiency particle arresting (abbreviated as HEPA) filters are renown for their ability to remove pollutants that cannot be seen with the human eye. By definition this type of filtration will remove 99.97% of particles as small as .3 microns in size with 99.97% efficiency. You know it must be effective if hospitals use it to filter their air..

Trap Cat Litter Dust—Your shelter is probably filled with litter boxes.. Between scratching, cleaning them, and adding to them, it can create quite a dust cloud. Your cleaner also needs to be able to effectively remove these big particles that can trigger coughing, sneezing, and other aggravating symptoms.

Large and medium particle pre-filters should be the first line of defense against big particles like these. These filters take them out of circulation for good while allowing the HEPA to stay clear for micrsopic pollutants such as dander, bacteria, and viruses..

Get the Hair Out Of the Air-The great volume of hair that can become airborne can easily be seen by looking closely at the air when the sun shines in through window. Without constant filtration, all the particles that you see will go into your body and the cats' bodies and will make extra work for the lungs and liver to try to eliminate them.

The large pre-filters are excellent for removing these particles. And the good news is that dander often sticks to hair, and so by removing the hair you are also decreasing the amount of dander in the air as well.

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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