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Responsible Cat Care

Cat Health Care Tips and Information

Cat care is an important part of cat ownership. Here are some of the essentials you need to do to take the best care of your cat:


A regular trip to the vet: cat care begins with the first trip to the veterinarian with that new kitten. The vet will give the kitten the first of its shots and test it for worms. He will also examine the kitten for diseases or other problems. Cat care requires occasional trips to the vet, so you should expect to spend at least $100 a year or so on this aspect of owning a cat.


Spaying or neutering: every cat that is simply being kept as a pet should be spayed or neutered. If you have a female and you put this cat care step off a little too long, you may have a litter of kittens on your hands. Fortunately, mother cats generally have wonderful instincts for providing newborn kitten care. If, however, something happens to her, you might need to help her out.


Buy a license: if you live in a city, you will probably need to buy a license. Ask your vet or the local authorities for more information.


ID tag: provide your cat with an ID tag. This increases the chance that your cat will be returned when it gets lost.


Quality food and fresh water: provide you cat with quality cat food and plenty of fresh water. Clean the food dish after every meal.


Grooming: is something longhaired as well as shorthaired cats benefit from, although longhaired cats need it more to prevent matting of the fur and fur balls. Longhaired cats need to be groomed daily. Buy a specialized brush at the local pet shop or on the internet.


Bathing: is not necessary for cats in normal situations, they are perfectly capable of cleaning themselves. Sometimes bathing might be useful, for example when they are extremely dirty or after giving a flea treatment.


Trimming claws: is not a necessary thing to do. If your cat attacks your furniture or carpets, it's more useful to buy a scratching post, where the cat can sharp it's nails.


Litter box: put the litter box in a quiet place and clean it regularly. Try out what kind of litter your cat likes best.


Flea control: check your cat regularly for fleas. Best time to do this is while grooming. Get a flea treatment product if your cat has fleas, or better yet, get a flea collar to prevent your cat getting fleas.


Playing: play regularly with your cat, it needs the attention, stimulation and physical exercise.


Here's some of the apparel you need to take care of your cat:


  litter box and litter

  a scoop for cleaning the litter box

  cat food dishes and water bowls

  some toys

  a scratching post

  a cat bed or a cushion to sleep on

  flea treatment

  a flea collar with ID tag

  a cat door

  a brush for grooming

  sardine oil to help the cat eliminate fur balls

  a cat kennel for transportation

  quality cat food

  cat grass

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