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Anyone who loves their cat should want it to be as happy as possible when they are not at home. Providing your pet with a place of its very own to play, explore, or even just take a comfy snooze is one of the best ways to do guarantee it will enjoy its time and remain healthy and active. More often than not a cat tree is the best tool for the job.

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.

A Place To Go Wild

Today most cats live indoors and that means they don't have the chance to hunt, climb, stalk around the yard, or explore. Cats therefore need to have a place where they can release these natural behaviors. If they don't they may end up using their excess energy on your furniture which is not something you want. It can cause damage to your home and a lot of frustration. Not to mention cost you a lot money particularly if you are renting.

Safe At Home

Having a cat tree will also give you some serious peace of mind. There is no better and safer place for your pet to enjoy itself than in your home especially when you know it won't be exposed to any predators, pests, or other dangers. By giving it, its own special place for fun you also won't be constantly thinking about what naughty things they could be getting up to while you're out or at work and that is a huge stress reliever.

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.

The Basics

Sometimes also called a cat climbing tree, this is one tree you won't have to call the fire department to get your feline down from. There are actually many different designs manufacturers have come up with to make them incredibly convenient for both pets and owners alike. Most will have a perches for your cat to sleep and scratching posts too which can save you some cash so you won't have to buy them separately and obviously will help save your furniture. Many will also have toys attached for added fun.

Bringing It To The Next Level

If you want to step it up a notch there are some larger choices. There are tall cat trees with multiple perches at different levels to give your cat more vertical space to have some fun if they really love to climb. The biggest and most intricate is what's known as a cat tree condo. These have all sorts of cubbies, stairs, toys, posts and perches to keep single or multiple cats entertained for hours on end three hundred and sixy five days a year.

Every pet not only deserves a place to have some fun but actually needs one to stay mentally and physically healthy. Whether you have one cat or a bunch of fur babies to keep occupied a cat tree is the simplest way to do it and without having to worry about the safety of your cat or furniture.

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 — 5:54 pm

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