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Taking care of nuts is not always fun and easy. This is true especially when deciding the foods they will eat. This is the reason why as a cat owner, you need to get a complete guide on the foods that your cat should and should not eat. One of the most common questions cat owners ask is if nuts are safe for cats to eat. Can cats eat nuts?

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.

There are types of nuts that cats can eat. For instance, crushed peanuts can give cats the nutrients they need and will also help with their teeth. However, it is not advised to give them peanuts all the time because they have high fat content. It might be necessary to keep taking your cat to the vet because of massive fat increase. It is recommended to get meals mixed with peanut and this will regulate the intake. Crushed peanuts as an occasional treat would be fine.

Make sure you don't give your cat whole peanuts because they might get choked. It is also hard for them to digest whole peanuts. Although not toxic to cats, peanuts are not good either because they are high in salt and fat. The diet you give your cat must be close to what they would eat in the wild and basically, that does not include nuts.

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.

Aside from peanuts, almonds are also safe for cats. Just as long as your cat has eaten a small amount of almonds or food containing almonds, your cats won't suffer from anything. You should not allow your cat to consume huge quantities of almonds because it may cause a variety of potential problems to your cat.

Almonds can upset the digestive system of cats especially when given on a regular basis. Cats that consumed almonds may have their digestive system upset by the fats present in the nuts and may lead to lose bowel movement and vomiting. In addition, when consumed regularly and in high amounts, it may lead to developing pancreatitis.

Almonds that are prepared to appeal to humans may be added with salt or covered with toppings such as chocolates. If your cat consumes excess salt than they should, it could mean to developing condition known as sodium ion toxicosis which occurs primarily when cats consume too much salt without the right amount of water intake. In some cases, this may be fatal so be careful about giving your dog with almonds especially the salted ones. Almonds with chocolates should never be given to cats because it can be very toxic.

Macadamia nuts are highly toxic to dogs but there were no studies supporting its toxicity to cats. To be on the safe side, refuse giving your cat macadamia nuts.

Cashew nuts are also not recommended for cats. Some cats though do not like this type of nut. But for cats showing some interest in cashew nuts, be careful in the amount you serve. Excess amount may lead to some problems later on.

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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