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Even for non-equestrians it is popular family holiday. In 2011 the event takes place over the Easter weekend, April 21-25. The entire event encompasses a five day period with a variety of shopping opportunities that rival any town mall. It makes the perfect destination for a family Bank Holiday.

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 Three Day Event showcases dressage, cross country, and show jumping. One event takes place each day allowing spectators to decide their area of interest or take in the whole of events. The riders aren't the only champions. The horses can only compete at Badminton if they've earned sufficient points in the previous season to qualify.

William Fox-Pitt has won a stupendous 40 Three Day Events including the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trails (2004). He has five horses entered for 2011 from which to choose. Entries from 12 countries include a strong team from Germany. Andrew Nicholson from New Zealand boasts 29 completions but has yet to win the event brought three horses including his renowned World Equestrian Games Bronze Medallist, Nereo.

The show has been extended to include Thursday 21st April to include the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships for amateur and weekend riders. All the trade stands will be open for business including #141 which offers Dodson & Horrell horse feed, herbs and supplements. They have their feed professionals there to help answer any questions or worries owners may have regarding their horse's diets. This extra day affords viewers an opportunity not only to visit the stalls but to walk the cross country course also.

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.

Cancer Research UK has been chosen as Charity for the 2011 Year for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. This will always ensure they receive large donations for their charity.

The United State has a contingent of six riders, the largest group in years. Three members of Canada's WEG Silver Winning Team have joined the Americans coming over for this three Day Event.

The female riders are also well represented. Tina Cook comes with her 2009 European Champion horse. Piggy French brought two of her award winning rides with her, and Triple Badminton Winner Pippa Funnell will ride for the first time since 2008. Mary King, a previous winner of the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trails, arrives with three horses from which to choose. Daisy Berkeley and Lucy Wiegersma with her 2008 second place ride also deserve a hard look.

Those new to the event have winning histories that mean they should be closely watched. Laura Collett has made a golden trail through the age specific ranks, and James Robinson, who is a working vet, represents the amateurrider with his horse Comanche.

With the Olympics in London 2012 Summer a year away, the International team coaches will be keeping a close eye on Badminton this year to calculate how their plans are evolving.

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 — 5:39 pm

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