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Are you a cat lover? Cats are great pets. They love to play, they love to cuddle when you are watching TV or sleeping, and they purr for the very reason to be near you. Unfortunately, cats also love to scratch. This is probably one of a pet owner's worst nightmares. Often, the things they love to scratch are the legs of your antique table, your upholstered sofa.

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.

Scratching is a natural behavior for cats and is a way marking its territory. Scratching exercises their shoulders, legs and paws and also provides a good stretch for them. Yet, if your pieces of furniture are at stake, you might want to find ways on how to avoid this hideous thing from happening. The easiest but the most painful method to keep your furniture scratch-less is declawing. Many people consider the declawing surgery but many veterinarians believe declawing is a painful and unnecessary surgery and refuse to do it for humane reasons. Declawing is not like a manicure, it's a serious surgery. The cat's claw is not a toenail as it is actually closely connected to the bone. So closely connected in fact that they say the cat's claw is the cat's bone in itself. Therefore, declawing is believed to be an amputation of the last joint of the cat's “toes”. When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. Here are three cat-friendly ways to protect furniture by discouraging your cat from scratching them:

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.

Provide them with a Scratching Post

The key to protecting your cat's health and your furniture is to get your cat to scratch somewhere else that is more appealing than the furniture. It's unlikely that you can prevent cats from scratching, but you can help them learn what is appropriate to scratch. To make it even more effective you can put catnip on the scratching posts and it will drive them wild and make them happy. It is also encouraged to reward them with praises and treats when they scratch the scratch posts. This will let them know they are allowed to scratch and will begin to do it more.

Have a Spray Bottle Prepared

When your cat attempts to attack your furniture or rugs, give your cat a few gentle sprays to make him stop. This will soon let them know not to get near your furniture and will stay away because they'd get sprayed with water. Most cats hate water and will stay away and avoid whatever makes them get sprayed at.

Get Some Lemon Juice Ready

Cats may also be discouraged by citrus smells. Spraying furniture, rugs or drapes with a citrus deodorizer can very much convince your cat to leave your treasured pieces of furniture items alone. This in effect, will give your house a nice, crisp smell too.

If you've invested in expensive furniture, you'll definitely want the claws of your cat away from it as much as possible. But even if you've just picked up some pieces at a yard sale you'd still want to keep your pieces in good shape.

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 — 5:50 pm

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