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Believe it or not, even your cat needs grooming sessions, although it is true that cats can very well look after them and most of the times, however there are some things that they can't do themselves, such as clipping nails, brushing teeth, removing dead hair, bathing, trimming the hair and cleaning eyes, ears and paws.

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.

Cat grooming sessions can be real fun for your cat as well as you. It might not be ready for nail clipping or brushing but it's you who needs to help her relax. Pet grooming may include both physical cleaning as well as behavioral training. Obviously, you want it to look good as well as behave well with you and others who visit your house.

Give grooming sessions to your cat when you're absolutely free and in a good mood. Try pampering her first before actually proceeding on with the session. In the beginning, keep cat grooming sessions short approximately five to ten minutes. You can then slowly increase the duration with each lesson.

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.

Develop a habit of cleaning almost every part of your pet including tail, belly, eyes, ears, neck and most importantly feet. However, if you're impatient and are not in a mood to give her a complete clean, do just the essentials such feet cleaning.

Remember not to use soaps and shampoos that you use for yourself. There are separate cat cleaning products available in the market nowadays. As they have different skins than human beings, they require different cleansing products. Right from eye care to ear cleaner, hair clipper, trimmer, de-shedding tool, tick control solutions, conditioning spray, skin care lotion everything is easily available in the market.

If you don't have time to shop for your cat, browse the internet and look for cat cleaning products. Nowadays, there are many online stores that sell pet related items. There are different brands that sell pet care items. Choose your brand wisely so that your cat always looks clean, happy and well-behaved.

Remember if your cat has long hair; take out a few minutes from your everyday schedule to comb her hair and part the dead hair so that you don't see them everywhere littered in your house. If your cat doesn't cooperate with home grooming, you can schedule an appointment with a professional. While you're there, ask for some basic techniques that you can do at home.

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 — 5:42 pm

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