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Cat Basics

Cat Basics

Declawing: They remove the last knuckle on the cat's toe. The cat is defenseless, and if it gets outside, has no way to survive. Train your kitten to use a scratching post. Learn to trim your cat's claws every two to three weeks. Declawing should be a last resort only!

Food: Kittens 6-8 weeks old: Soften dry food with a small amount of water (takes five to ten minutes)--you want the food to be soft, not mushy.

Feed kittens four times a day. At 8 weeks old, leave some dry food out; when the kitten starts eating that, stop softening it. You may feed one tablespoon of canned food once a day. Do not give the kitten milk. Always have a big bowl of fresh water available. Kittens need kitten food until they reach one year, then you can make the switch to adult cat food.

Adult cats eat once or twice a day; you can leave a day's worth of food out all day. Sudden changes in diet may cause diarrhea. Never give a cat chocolate.

Shots: Kittens must be 8-10 weeks old before receiving shots (ask your vet). A series of three shots is given three to four weeks apart. If the kitten is fifteen weeks old, your vet may give everything in just a single shot. Adults receive annual shots. Always watch the kitten or cat for a couple of hours after a shot to make sure it doesn't have an allergic reaction (vomiting or face swelling). If you see evidence of an allergic reaction, contact your vet immediately.

Spay/neuter: Spay or neuter your kitten no later than six months of age. Females go into heat at six months, and males are neutered before six months to avoid a spraying habit.

Cat Litter: Be careful with the litter you use with a kitten up to eight weeks of age. The clumping and clay types can get into their mouth and clog their intestines. Alternatives during this phase are shredded newspaper, sand, flushable pine litter, or flushable reprocessed paper litter.

Toys: Make sure toys don't have small parts that could come off and cause choking. Cats can choke on yarn strings, so do not give them to your cats as toys. Keep your cats away from electrical cords.

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