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How to provide a comfortable life for cats regardless of age and breed

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Why it pushes away?

Why it "burries" the food?

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How to choose the right food brand?

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Can I wash it and how often?

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How to stop it from scratching everything?

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What food from the table can I give?

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New cat owners always have a lot of questions about all care aspects...

New cat owners always have a lot of questions about all care aspects...

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With time comes experience

"For me, the mating period of cats was an eye-opener.

During this time, my cat was easy to handle, and I could clip her nails".

Lera

"The cat may not accept the litter filler. It took me a long time to find the right one".

Anna

"I was surprised that cats are not allowed to drink dairy products.

And there is a special paste that helps cats get rid of hairballs".

Olya

"When travelling, I talk to my cat a lot, to make him feel better."

Diana

"Due to long fur we cut it around their butts to ensure droppings do not stick to it".

Tanya

"Cats are very anxious creatures and should be handled with care.

If there is a lot of stress, it is better to postpone routine procedures".

Julia

"Cats often have urolithiasis disease. For prevention, special drops can be added to the food".

Liza

"Like people, cats can get bored with toys, so over time they stop playing with them.

It seems trivial, but I have only recently realized this".

Maria
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if you just got your first ever cat…


follow these 5 tips

or planning to get one...

Follow the rules of cat feng shui

make sure you have all the things a cat needs

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Clean up after the cat — drag toys into a box

Be patient as cat-friendly household items may be hard to find right away

A typical grooming kit might look like this: combs according to coat type, claw clippers, toothbrush and toothpaste/gel (special for cats/dogs), shampoo, cotton swabs and sticks, wipes, eye and ear lotions.
Choose the carrier that is spacious and won't bend.
Organize areas for your cat to rest and hide. By having its own designated spot cat knows it can retreat to safety when scared or upset. This helps the cat feel secure and calm, eases anxiety and builds trust with its owner.
It is important to place as many water bowls/containers around the house as possible. Cats do not have the instinct to drink water regularly, so they will not go to another part of the house just to drink. They need a visual reminder that water is available.

Better not to place water near food as cats may fear such water and consider it «tainted».
To ensure your cat has enough space to move, get a large litter box.

To prevent issues with the litter box, place it in a private area, away from high traffic areas, so the cat feels secure. Frightened cats might decline to utilize the litter box or use it sparingly, which can cause urolithiasis disease.
There’s no perfect filler — choose one that your pet likes to go to. Sometimes fillers are not used at all.

Try not to buy scented ones — they may repel your cat, as their sense of smell is very strong.
Ceramic bowls are considered to be the best because plastic absorbs odors and food particles and is easily damaged.


Be sure to keep food away from the litter box — cats have a strong sense of smell.

Ideally, the food bowl should be wide and with low borders not to interfere with sensitive whiskers.
There is no such thing as the perfect cat food - only appropriate. Such food will provide regular stools of the right consistency, gorgeous hair, no vomiting and no digestive problems.

Prerequisite is that your cat actually likes this food. Remember that complete refusal to eat for a day or more is a reason to urgently contact a veterinarian.
There are different types of scratching posts and it's best to stock up on a few.

Place them in different rooms.

Cats use them for grooming, playing, stress relief and relaxation.

A careless jump can get their paws stuck in the cracks of the radiators.

You can accidentally pinch or hit your pet.

Some houseplants and bouquets are poisonous to cats such as lilies.
Get rid of those.

Cats often fall out of open windows. Anti-cat nets are advised.
Vertical ventilation also causes many feline deaths. Cats can become stuck after attempting to jump out.

Owners have been known to negligently start a machine with a cat inside. Check it before start.

Some items can become lodged in the intestines and cause complications that may require surgery, such as hair bands, threads, and string decorations.

Grapes, raisins, prunes, chocolate, onions and garlic, and avocados are toxic to cats. Research what food should not be given to your pet and keep it away.

radiator

doors

Dangerous plants

Unprotected windows

washing machine

Small inedible objects

food from the table

There are many hazards for cats, some of which you haven't thought of

Prepare your house for a cat

Secure the space

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Once kittens fall or jump in they often can’t get out.

toilet

Tongue contact with the tip of a plugged-in charger can be fatal.

When playing with a rope, the cat may jump in and hang on without being able to get out on its own.

plugged charges
w/o devices

blinder ropes

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regular feeding schedule helps cats feel safe and secure
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Get personalized care recommendations based on age, breed and health

Regular check-ups at the vet will help to detect any deteriorations of health

Cats cannot be left to their own devices 24/7, so make sure to provide at least 15 min of active play 2 times a day

Timely react to any suspicious symptoms

And less active pets tend to gain weight if their owners don't adjust portions

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Try to find a vet clinic close to your house to minimize additional stress for your pet.

There are special calming bites or pills you can feed your cat prior to the appointment.
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The frequency of treatment depends on where the pet lives (apartment, house), whether it has access to the street or has contacts with other cats or animals.


Remember there are external (ectoparasites) and internal (endoparasites) parasites, so there are different types of treatments — drops on the withers, tablets.
It is important to vaccinate your cat against four diseases:

  • Panleukopenia
  • Calicivirosis
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Rabies

An individualized vaccination schedule can be prepared with a veterinarian.

Monitor cat’s health

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food bowl
drops of water
Water and food
Grooming
Cleaning
Cleaning supplies
Grooming supplies

1 — well-balanced
2 — as per age and health status

1 — coat combing
2 — dental hygiene
3 — eye, claw and ear care

4 — bathing as needed
5 — hygienic haircuts (under the tail)

3 — Cleaning of carpets, furniture, skirting boards, beds and toys from cat hair

1 — wet mopping
2 — clean litter box

1 — fresh every day
2 — filtered

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Cats are truly members of the family and deserve proper care

Take care of your pet

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Be ready to spend time on cleaning the house and grooming your pet regularly

That way you prolong your pet's health and reduce number of vet visits

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Your cat’s moods and desires can be understood by the movements of its body, tail, ears and pupils

Study your cat’s typical behavior in different situations, so you can respond to requests or recognize uncharacteristic behavior that may be a symptom of illness or stress

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Study cat language and psychology

about stress
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Frightened
cautious but interested
Annoyed
attentive
frightened and attentive
  • tail tense and tucked
  • ears erect
  • neat stride
  • pupils slightly dilated
  • any pose (seating, laying)
  • tail moving right to left or tapping intensively
  • tail is down
  • fur is flinted
  • back is arched
  • ears back
  • pupils dilated
  • tense posture
  • ears back
  • pupils dilated
  • appear smaller
  • tail "gathered"
  • ears up
  • keen eye
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