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Cats are true carnivores. Their teeth have evolved for eating a diet completely of meat. When in the wild, the only vegetation cats would normally eat is in the form of grass which they chew for medicinal purposes. As a cat owner, you are always concern about what your cats should only eat. If you love munching on nuts and your cat is curious about what you are eating, you probably have thought about giving them a few pieces to enjoy.

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.

However, some nuts may not be good for cats. The high phosphorous content in nuts may cause your cat with some problems. Walnuts for instance are reported to be highly toxic to cats.

Roasted and raw macadamia nuts are very harmful to pets, the reason why you should never attempt giving them this type of nut. Although there are no data for cats but there have been toxicity cases in dogs. Dogs that have eaten between six and fort macadamia nut better and kernels developed temporary hind limb weakness and muscle tremors. In fact, some had painful and swollen limbs. They were visibly distressed and unable to get up. Though the effects may be temporary, they can be very distressing and painful not only to your pet but even to you. With less effective livers, cats can become at risk from problems brought about by eating macadamia nuts.

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.

Most cats are attracted to the oily texture of nuts but it is wise not to allow them to eat nuts most especially macadamia nuts. There are some nuts that are generally safe for cats to eat such as almond nuts. Pine nuts are also not toxic to cats however they contain a great amount of fact that can lead to diarrhea.

Domestic cats are usually more adventurous when it comes to their tastes and would often sample fruits and vegetables. There has been a long, but wrong tradition of giving cats milk. Generally, cats are not evolved to digest these things. Other foods that you enjoy should be given to cats at all especially if you are unsure if your cat should eat them or if these foods are safe for them to take. The stimulants in coffee, tea and chocolate which made them so agreeable to human make them harmful to cats.

The most important thing that you should know is whether or not your cat has eaten enough of the nuts and other harmful and toxic foods to suffer ill-effects. Some human foods are toxic even if only a small amount of it is eaten while others will not cause any illness unless they are repeatedly eaten or in larger amount. Compared to dogs and humans, cats have relatively poor liver function. Cats do not require good liver function as they usually rely on their prey to break down any harmful substances which are found in vegetable manner.

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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