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Making a few simple changes can transform your home into a more cat friendly environment. Follow the five tips below, and you'll be well on your way to a happier feline and a happier home.

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.

1. Build places for your cat to climb.

Cats are energetic creatures and love to climb: Stop them from damaging your furniture in their escapades by building somewhere for them to romp. A great solution for this is to use a bookcase as a climbing tree. Simply cut a hole wide enough for your cat to jump through in each shelf and cover it in carpet (to stop them from slipping). Your cat will love to jump and explore in this DIY playground and might even stop jumping all over your sofas!

2. Build a place for your cat to perch.

If your cat's anything like mine, it loves to stare, particularly from a comfortable position. Help your cat to observe in peace with a handy perch. Try mounting an old crate to the wall, and give your pet a prime position.

3. Cater to their scratching needs.

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.

Cats scratch, they love it, we hate it, but there is a simple way to keep you both happy: A scratching post. It can also be helpful to teach your cat where not to scratch. If your cat is scratching furniture, spray him lightly with water. This will help your feline friend know where to scratch and where not to! Regular claw trimming will also help to keep your cat happy and your furniture scratch free.

4. Remove unwanted cat hair.

Cat hair gets everywhere; a quick turn-off for any house guest. Defeat this unsightly mess with a simple DIY solution: Some tape. Sellotape will pull cat hair off clothes and surfaces with ease. For a quick fix, wet a cloth and wipe over the hair to remove it.

5. Get rid of litter box odours.

It's a necessity for any cat owner, but litter boxes don't quite smell of roses. The best way to minimise this problem is to buy a hooded litter box. Hooded litter boxes reduce odour and give your cat a little bit of privacy. Make sure to empty the litter box daily and use good quality cat litter. If all else fails, invest in a good air freshener. The last thing you want is cat litter spread across your lovely laminate flooring. A hooded litter box should help keep the litter where it should be.

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 — 5:53 pm

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