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Feline animals like cats never fail to give us that”aw, so cute!” reaction whenever we see one looking at us with their big hypnotic eyes. Cats, particularly, have been found as lovable and affectionate animals from their group that's why a lot of people take care of them and include them part of their family. It is therefore not surprising to know that in special instances, cats suffer from minor and major injuries affecting joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments once they got themselves involved in a bad fall from a high surface, a serious bumped from a car and other accidents that physically ruptures internal parts of their bodies resulting to sudden pain or persistent pain.

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.

Pain is such an unpleasant sensation that not just humans experience. Pain is observed when there has been damage or rupture to the muscle, bones, ligaments and the like in which the nerve-endings of these tissues are damaged sending unpleasant signals to the brain. These nerve endings may also be called pain receptors as they report signals to the brain that something is painful and thus, a movement away from it should be done. In this case, pain becomes a protective mechanism.

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.

In animals especially cats, manifestations of pain is vital to be observed so there's an immediate treatment that may be acted upon. Manifestations of these cat pains include an alteration of behavior or when your cat suddenly exhibits characteristics that are normally exhibited by them. For instance, when they become quieter than normal, avoidance to people and other animals or hiding, exhibiting aggressive behavior, fear biting, mental dullness, depression, disorientation, agitation, pacing and restlessness; lameness, laziness or reluctance to move around, wobbliness, abnormal carriage, and stiffness. Vocalization, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, increase heart rate, as well as shocking and collapsing are all included in the possible manifestations of pain experienced by your cat.

These manifestations may be coming from the pain felt on major body organs of the cats such as: bones, joints and ligaments, muscles, skin and soft tissues of the skin, tissues of the mouth, portions of the brain and spinal cord, tissues within and those around the eyes, certain components of the ears and the ear canal, some structures of the chest, areas in the abdominal regions, tissues near the anus and their tail, and in some cases, in their external genitalia. Pain felt in these organs may be brought about by trauma, exposures to heat and extreme cold, inflammation in the tissues, necrosis of tissues or death of tissues, loss of blood supply to the tissue, stretching of tissues, as well as spasms of tissue.

These pains may be categorized into two types namely, acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is a kind of pain that is sudden and may be short as it is caused by injuries that can be healed. After healing, the pain may go away as in wounds, and other minor injuries. However, chronic pain is the one that persists in a longer period of time. They persist because the damage in the part where tissue is broken may be continually transpiring. It may also be a result of a degenerative kind of condition such as arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a severe condition that has to be managed and controlled.

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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