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If you want to add a new cat in your family, one of your most important goals is to make sure that he is healthy and happy. Naturally, all cats will use the litter box, and one of the first questions on the minds of those with a new cat is what type of litter to buy.

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.

Kittens are very fastidious when the question arises on selecting the cat litter. However, the good news is that they normally learn very swiftly how to use a litter as long as it is odor free, clean, and placed in a right location. For new kitten owners, your pet may have already observed his or her mother using a litter tray.

Cat's often copy their mother while doing its private business. In that case, you do not have to put a lot of effort on teaching him on how to use cat litter tray. All you need to do is show your new kitten where the tray is kept and encourage him or her to go to the tray at the right time.

There are some suitable time-slots when your kitten is ready to eliminate. During this period, you need to encourage your kitty to visit the tray like immediately after waking, within half-an-hour of eating a meal and when they are sniffing around or conducting like they are about to go.

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.

Nevertheless, if he or she is reluctant to go at these times, you can encourage your kitten by placing him or her gently into litter tray. Or, you can indicate the path of the litter box. Once finished, make sure you praise or reward your kitten like your kid.

Although, if your kitten is unwilling to use the litter box, given below are some vital points to try:

  1. You can place your litter box in a quiet corner, away from doorways and noise. Often choosing the right location can make your kitten feel free to eliminate.
  2. Make sure never place the cat litter tray next to your cat's food and water. They do not like this type of place arrangements.
  3. Cats are very fussy about cleanliness. They do not prefer dirty, noisy litter tray. So make sure the tray must be cleaned daily with precautions.
  4. Before choosing the litter tray, make sure it is right for your kitten size. If it is too small, your kitten won't be able to get in. Sometimes, big litter box creates problem.
  5. Never use sand from the garden as it could make your kitten dirty as well as noisy.
  6. In case, if you have more than one kitten in your home, you will require a tray for each cat plus an extra tray. The extra trays will help you while doing their business.
  7. Last but not the least, make a specific schedule feeding times at the same time each day. Through this, you can predict your kitten's toilet time.

Furthermore, aside from this there are some training products that help your feline friend learn how to use a normal cat litter.

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 — 5:39 pm

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