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While the challenges of flea control are widely publicized when it comes to dogs, the problem the family cat has with fleas is just as prevalent. In fact, often cats are the bigger challenge when it comes to fleas because they are so challenging to treat for fleas and to prevent fleas. The cat owner must carefully weigh the options available and consider what would work best with the cat's nature and the cat owner's patience level. Often, once all the options are weighed, the pet owner selects Frontline Plus cats.

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.

In the past, the one method that seemed easiest to use was the medicated flea collar. If the cat owner could get the flea collar on the cat and convince the cat to keep it on, it would work…somewhat. The farther from the medicine the flea would land on the cat, the smaller the likelihood that it would be deterred from hiking a ride back to into the home and begin the infestation. With Frontline Plus cats, there was nothing to tighten around the cat's neck, but instead the tube of medicine is deposited on the back of the neck near the shoulder blades. That's all the effort exerted for up to three months of flea control. The natural oils in the cat's skin would take care of the rest.

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 flea bath was another option that created many challenges for the cat owner. Few cats can tolerate water in anything other than the water bowl. So while there was a chance that both the owner and the cat would be wet when the flea bath was completed, the likelihood was even greater that the cat would be wet and the owner would be bleeding and wet by the time the treatment was completed. Flea prevention shouldn't be a battle of wills. With Frontline Plus cats, the cat needs only to be immobilized or distracted for a few moments for the treatment to be administered.

Frontline Plus cats kills adult fleas, flea larvae, and flea eggs. In addition, it also prevents another nasty parasite: ticks.

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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 — 5:46 pm

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