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Cat trees are one of the most luxurious item for cats living inside the house. The outdoor cats got access to real trees but the indoor kitties may miss the opportunity to enjoy, climb and scratch their claws on the trees. For those indoor cats these trees plays a very important role. For all the cat owners it is important to put few points in mind before purchasing it 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.

The major problem which most of the pet owners are facing is how to protect the expensive furnitures from their cats. All the indoor cats destroy your furnitures, couches , bookcases, shelves by putting scratches on it. Most of the time cats climb on these furnitures to fulfill their needs. If you buy a good quality cat trees for them then you might protect your costly furnitures.

There are wide variety of cat trees available in the market, starting from simple to complex depending upon your requirement in order to satisfy your pet's needs so that your valuable furnitures don't become a target. A simple cat tree have a post or two, with several flat platforms. On these platforms your cat can rest and sleep. The posts of the tree may be covered in a rope, carpeted or made of an original wood. The base of these trees are wooden which gives extreme stability for vigorous and instant climbing.

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.

Selecting a cat tree depends mainly on the nature and behavior of your pet. If your cat is not prone to climbing up high then you can select the simple one instead of going for the deluxe one. If your cats uses your expensive furnitures to sharpen claws then you need to buy the scratching post which is more attractive to the cat than your couch. Before buying any cat tree you need to ensure that it should be stable. It should not fall while your cat is using it. You need to buy a tree which got relatively large base as your are very smart and get away to the things that they have already scratched in the past. One should always go for a tress which has multiple posts as it is more stable compared to the single post tree.

If you have multiple cats then you can go for the trees with more scratching posts with many perches. This reduces the undesirable urine marking from them. If you are planning to make your own cat tree then it might get very expensive.So, we should always check the climbing, scratching and residing need of your cat so as to buy the best tree for your loving pet.

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 — 5:38 pm

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