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How to Care for a Cat

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How to Care for a Cat

Cats are great companions to have. Not only are they adorable, they also keep rodents and small bugs away. While cats tend to be relatively independent, there are a few things you have to provide for a cat to make sure they are properly cared for. Read our guide to find out how to care for a cat.

Choosing a Cat that Suits You Best

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Cats are independent by nature, unlike dogs. But just because they are independent doesn't mean they can be completely left to fend for themselves. Before you adopt or buy a cat, make sure that you have the time to at least feed him, groom him, and play with him for a certain amount of time.

Not all cats have the same needs and wants as some require more attention than others. Ask the manager or employee that works that the store or shelter which cat would suit you the best in terms of personality and daily needs.

Healthy Diet

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Feed your cat a healthy balanced diet and always make sure there is water available for him. Educate yourself on your cat's meals or ask your veterinarian for advice on what and how many times you need to feed him.

You should also ask your vet what NOT to feed your cat in particular. Some cats will prefer wet food over dry food or vice versa so be sure to just observe their eating habtis to see what their preferences are. 

Play Time

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Cats can often entertain themselves; give them toys, boxes and scratching posts and they can be distracted for hours. Even the cheapest and homemade toys can become your cat's favorite. Lasers and cardboard boxes can get them beyond excited and active.

A shelf by the window can become your cat's very own entertainment unit. Watching birds and insects fly around may not seem like fun to us, but to cats, it's the most exciting game.

Grooming Time

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All cats should be brushed regularly to keep their coats untangled and clean. It also reduces shedding and hairball issues. You can get special cat finger nail clippers to clip off the sharp part of their nail, making it harder for them to ruin the furniture or hurt you or other animals in the house. While grooming, you may find ticks, fleas or injuries that you might not have seen before. If you notice anything weird on your cat, make sure to go to your local vet to check it out just in case.

Regular Check-Ups

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Taking your cat for regular check-ups is important to make sure your cat is healthy in every way. Your cat needs his own hospital just like you do. Once you have had your cat for a while, make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations and other monthly medications. 

Keeping Things Clean

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Cats are naturally very hygenic creatures. From cleaning themselves to using a litter box, they like to make sure that they are always in perfect and pristine condition. A good tip for a cat's litter box is that it should always stay in the same location to ensure your cat is properly trained and always has a place to go to do their business. Scoop the litter box at least twice daily and wash the box every few weeks with dish liquid and hot water to properly sanitize it. Most cats value privacy, so put the litter box in a quiet corner, like in the bathroom or the laundry room.

Having a cat may seem troublesome and demanding, but knowing that you have a new furry friend makes it worth it. Once you've had him for a couple or weeks, it will seem like a breeze. Cats are one of the easiest animals to have!

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