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Cats make some of the best pets when you compare them to dogs or snakes or rats. They are easy to take care of and fairly independent. When you have a cat it can up to you to be sure that they are well taken care of and that there are no problems with them. Of course this isn't as easy as we would think it would be. You have to ensure they're up to date with the shots, they are consuming the correct food, and that you get them toys they'll actually want to play with.

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.

Most owners are very aware that a lot of toys and treats that you pay money for for the cat are filled of a plant which is commonly called catnip. This is something that the animal will go absolutely crazy over and so they will do everything inside their power to get to it. Because it's placed inside most toys you will find that a lot of cats will play just to attempt to obtain at the smell that they are craving so bad.

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.

Is this good for them though? It's funny to watch your feline pet go nuts over a toy or after they've consumed their 'special' treats. Yet, that is like giving yourself pot. This can invoke such a strong reaction from your cat that it could send them over the edge if they have a little too much.

In the end it could be best should you kept this from your cat. Read the labels of all the things which you pay money for and ensure which the catnip is nowhere to be seen. In its place find a way to make them play with the toy when you are the one attempting to throw it or if you are getting down and wiggling with them.

Catnip and your cat seriously isn't a mixture that you want to place together. It is better for your cat to not give them any of it. Every now and then they may have a reaction that will make them short-tempered and they may bite or scratch you or your kids. This is something you do not need to have to deal with.

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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