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Cats, by nature, are predators and they continuously feed, taking every opportunity to eat. Cats don't eat much during a meal, but they eat small amounts of food. Their ordinary prey is represented by mice, shrews, other small mammals and birds.

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.

Cats begin learning predator techniques from about three weeks of age, when the mother cat directs her kittens' playing towards productive hunting. At first, the kittens investigate the dead prey brought by their mother. Then, the mother brings them dazed prey, unable to attack or spring into action. This is the step when kittens learn to kill the prey, biting it through the nape of the neck. When the weaning process ends, mother takes her kittens for hunting the prey.

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 hunting process involves patrolling home territory, a long time of calmly sitting and waiting, analyzing every sound coming from the surrounding area, and moving extremely fast when the perfect moment approaches. Then the cat approaches very slow, crouching in order to remain unseen. The pupils dilate to take advantage of all available light and the ears turn and twitch to perceive even the most insignificant sound. Then, the cat accelerates the speed and attacks its prey, grasping and leaving it without any energy to defend itself. When the prey is dazed and debilitated, the cat kills it with a bite.

The cat is designed with the perfect weapons for killing the prey – good teeth for grasping and biting, the eyes perfectly adapted to use any amount of light, and claws that remain sharp, as they are retractable. They also have an amazing athletic agility that gives them the advantage of great speed, in their prey's detriment.

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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