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If your cat is letting you live in the house with it, you're dealing with more than a big personality. There's hair, dander, and possibly urine odor. Using an air purifier to keep these pollutants in check is an effective solution. Here are the 3 best features you can have in a cleaner for your pet.

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.

Carbon Based Filter For Odors—Cat odor from the litter box and/or inappropriate elimination can cause your home to have an eye-watering stench. You shouldn't have to put up with that just because you love a cat that occasionally makes mistakes.

Carbon filters are well known for their effectiveness at removing gaseous pollutants like odors. But the ammonia in urine is incredibly potent and even carbon needs a boost to enhance its ammonia-eliminating abilities.

Ammonasorb has proven to do just what its name implies—help the carbon absorb the ammonia fumes that can become so overwhelming.

Multiple Filters For Particles—All warm-blooded animals shed dander. It is similar to human dandruff. Older animals tend to shed more than younger ones.

But this process is a natural part of growth and development and is the body's way of replacing older skin with new skin that is more able to protect the body from disease and infection. So dander will be a part of life as long as you have your cat.

It is the protein in these dead flakes of skin that can trigger flare ups for those who suffer with allergies and asthma. These microscopic particles can and do remain airborne for hours, which means they remain available to be inhaled and cause symptoms that can range from aggravating to debilitating and even life threatening.

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.

So it is important to have a high efficiency particles arresting (HEPA) filter that can trap these allergens. By definition a this type of filter must be able to eliminate 99,997 out of every 10,000 particles that are .3 microns or larger. And even as small as dander is it is easily trapped by this type of filtration.

The other particles should be able to trap larger particulates so that the finer filter is saved for those that measure in microns. These cheaper filters should be the first line of defense for big particles that can be seen such as hair and fur and even other more normal indoor particulates. These filters are called pre-filters and are worth their weight in gold.

They can be replaced easily and inexpensively and will add years to the life of the more expensive HEPA. Look for them in the technical specifications of the owner's manual. If they're there, you've got a winner.

Split Capacitor Motor—You might be asking yourself, who cares about the kind of motor a unit has. This is one of the most pivotal features a purifier can have.

Clean air depends on being able to keep air quality high consistently without interruption. A split capacitor motor is designed for continuous high revolutions per minute, and can operate safely and efficiently 24 hours a day.

Compare this to a unit that does not have this kind of motor, and you will need to cut it on and off for certain periods to allow the motor to rest. Each time you stop filtration, pollutant levels rise, and even after you start filtration again, the unit is playing catch up.

Eliminating particles and odors 24 hours a day is the secret to having a home that smells fresh and clean even though you have a cat. By choosing a purifier with these features, your guests won't know you have a cat until they see it.

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).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:44 pm

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