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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.
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.

Before cats where domesticated they where first used to protect stored rice and other foods from mice. This situation was a win for both humans and cats, because cats got a regular meal and humans got free pest control and because the cats did not have to be fed because they fed themselves it was soon after that people realized just how important a cat in the home could be. In the middle ages since many would equate the black plague with the wrath of god people started to massively kill cats. Since cats where looked at as evil because of their independent and lone wolf life style. The ironic part of it is that if cats would have not have been so severely persecuted in the middle ages than they could of severely helped slow the spread of rats, which where the cause of many plaques including the black plague. Although cats are still deeply entwined with many superstitions associated with such things as the underworld and witches, these days the household cat enjoys a much more leisure life style. Now that we have pest control there is a less need for their rodent control it is still very easy to tell that cats still hold these instincts that made humans begin there bond with the species. This is especially apparent by their behaviors. Behaviors such as bringing home nasty rodents and laying them on your bed as presents, or rubbing themselves against the fabrics and leaving their smell and hair all over the bed. Although this is natural of their species and they are only making their areas by rubbing the oils on their heads on to various places in the house, this is not the best thing to sleep on. Because of this behavior you can soon find that the bed set that cost you an arm and a leg is now beyond your repair. So that you do not find your bed set ruined it is important to use duvet covers on your bed if you own a cat. Cats are very independent and because of that they are hard to tame, unlike dogs they do not see us as leaders of the pact but more as equals that is why it is so hard to teach cats not to repeat behaviors such as staying off the bed. Duvet covers can help by protecting your comforter. And that is why many cat owners love using a duvet set.

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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