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If you're like virtually every owner of a cat, your favorite thing to do with your cat is to play around. Unfortunately, sometimes you don't have enough time to dedicate to keeping them occupied when they need attention the most. Fortunately there are many cat toys that you can leave with your kitty to keep them busy while you're away. Here are some of the best toys for you to choose from. For more information please visit Catnip Expert immediately.

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.

1. Scratching post made of cardboard. – Cats love scratching but not for the reason that they want to destroy expensive furnishings and equipments. Scratching at things is a form of marking scents for cats and a form of exercise as they get to stretch their bodies. Scratching posts now come in different materials and the greatest scratching post will depend on what material the cat likes best. A scratching post made of cardboard material is the cheapest, though. Because this type of scratching post has many holes, cats will easily get a smell of the catnip and will instantly be attracted to it. They will not only use this as a clawing object, but they will surely love jumping and climbing over 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.

2. Bag or ball containing catnip – Cats will surely love this. Aside from the aroma of the catnip, they will love going after this toy. They can beat it, scratch it, chase it and even bite the toy. Pushing and running after the ball will exercise those overweight and lazy cats. Pet owners will surely love this toy as it will keep cats active, busy and happy. This toy is also useful in cat training because of the catnip it contains.

3. Catnip plant. – This would really be the best gift for a cat. The catnip will always attract the cat to it. It is a small plant and cat will love rolling over it. Aside from feeling great because of the aphrodisiac effect of the catnip on plants, the cat will love its moment outdoors.

When buying toys for cats, a pet owner should make sure that the toy is very safe and free of small choking hazards. A safe toy containing catnip will surely be a sure treat for these cuddly pets.

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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