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Can cats eat fruit? The quick answer is yes. There are fruits that are known to be toxic to cats. Even grapes that are considered toxic to dogs are actually safe for feline consumption. Still, the Animal Poison Control Center or ASPCAA advises against giving grapes or raisins to cats. It is better to be safe than sorry after all. The reason why grapes are toxic to dogs is still unknown. The study on cats is also inclusive though no cases of grape poisoning among cats has ever been reported. But to be safe, hide the grapes away when your kitty is playing around the house. As they say, prevention is better than cure.

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.

On seeds and kernels

Other fruits are perfectly safe for your pets. In fact, fruits are good sources of vitamins and minerals and the much needed fiber. You must be careful though when it comes to pips, kernels and seeds. The seeds of apples, pears and apricots all contain cyanide which is toxic not only to cats but also to other animals including humans. Cyanide interferes with the ability of the blood to absorb oxygen. This is the reason why cyanide poisoning results in suffocation even if there is oxygen in the blood. To avoid cyanide poisoning be sure to remove the seeds, kernels and pips of fruits before you give them to your cats. If your cat like apples, for example, then it is better that you take away the whole core.

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.

You might have heard that apricot kernels are good for the health and can even cure cancer. You must know though that too much of a good thing can be bad. Even for humans, the recommended dosage of apricot kernels is no more than six kernels per day. Because cats have a smaller liver, they can tolerate less than this number. To be safe, just avoid giving apricot kernels to your cat's altogether.

Foods that you should avoid

If there is one human food that you should never give to your pets, it is chocolate. Chocolates may be a delicious treat for humans but for pets it can be dangerous, deadly even. This is because chocolates contain a substance known as theobromine. This substance can cause hyperactivity and thirst. After several hours of ingestion in cats, the substance is known to cause vomiting and diarrhea. It can even cause a heart attack which can be fatal if not addressed immediately. Chocolates are also known to have a neurological effect on cats. Cats that have ingested chocolate have been observed to become confused afterward. So to avoid giving chocolates to your cat even as a treat. After all, cats do not need chocolate.

Because of your love to your cats, we are tempted to sometime give them some of our food. But we should realize that not all human food are safe for cats. It is better that you stick to cat food to be sure that your cat will not ingest anything that can harm its health.

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).
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