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The day has come to pick up your new kitten. You're really excited and you've made a list of things to buy for him. You've also added your vet to the list. You are worried about your kitten clawing up your furniture so you've decided to get him declawed at the same time you get him neutered.

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.

You've heard in the media that declawing may not be allowed anymore, so now you're asking yourself, why is it cruel to declaw a cat?

Most veterinarians don't tell you the risks and psychological damage done to a declawed cat. Maybe they just don't realize it, but it's your cat and you must make the best decision for him. When a cat is declawed, not only is his claws completely removed, but all his toes are amputated up to the first joint. All vets know this because they are doing the surgery, but most will not tell their clients about the procedure.

If they tell you otherwise, they are not being truthful with you. It's like us getting our fingers or toes amputated to the first joint Think about what you do with your fingers and toes. Now ask yourself, why is it cruel to declaw a cat?

The kitty experiences pain after being declawed and some cats even walk on the back of their feet. Nature intended for cats to have claws because they need them for survival, balance and speed. There are things you can do to keep your cat from shredding your furniture. By offering him a scratching post, cat tree or condo, he will go to it.

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.

If he is an older cat, you may need to train him. Just be patient and give him time. Cats tend to go to the ends of the couch or chair to do their scratching and some cats like to scratch on wood. It is expensive buying scratching posts, condos and cat trees, but you can make your own very cheap. Your own is made better than the ones at the pet stores.

You can get most of the materials for free. Go to: BestCatTrees and check out all the different designs. It's a step by step E-book with illustrations and it is very easy to read. You can make scratching posts, condos and cat trees.

If you don't want to make your own and can't afford to buy one, you can go to the carpet store. They dump really good carpet in the back of their store. Roll it up and put it in the corner of the wall. Your cat will love it just as much. You can also get the small carpeted floor mats which make ideal scratching posts for the ends of the couch and chair.

Get some cardboard and roll it and place it in between the carpeted mats and wrap a piece of tape around it. My cats have never bothered the tape…..Please let your kitty keep his claws and get him a few scratching posts.

You can clip his nails easily by starting when he is a kitten, that way he is used to it. It takes a little practice, but you will be a pro in no time. Be sure not to trim them to short or he will bleed. If that happens, use a little baby powder. PetSmart carries a product for that purpose.

Declawing your cat is cruel to him and he will pay the price for the rest of his life.

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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