Cat Housebreaking, Feeding, Grooming, and Health Care

Barbara10BroekStarred Page By Barbara10Broek, 22nd Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Discusses how to provide basic care for your pet cat.


Before buying or adopting a cat, examine its general health and disposition. Its coat should be sleek, with no bare patches and completely clean on the hind legs and under the tail. Observe how the cat responds to you holding and petting. Invite it to play by trailing a piece of string. Lack of alertness and playfulness may indicate poor health or former neglect.


Allow the new cat to explore your home freely, but keep it indoors for 10 days. Provide a litter box, partially filled with an even layer of commercial kitty litter. Remove soiled litter daily with a slotted spatula; the box should be emptied and scrubbed with a disinfectant twice a week. If you have doubts about your new cats house training, restrict it to an area near the litter box for several days. Even if you plan to allow your cat outside eventually, you will need a litter box during the first 10 days while your cat is adjusting to its new home.


Cat food, whether canned, moist in packets, or dry, will provide your cat with well-balanced nutrition. To keep a cat from becoming a finicky eater, remove any declined meal, refrigerate it, then present it, returned to room temperature and freshly stirred, at the next feeding.

An occasional table scrap is a treat, but don't feed your cat pork, very fatty meats, poultry skin, or bowls of fish or fowl. Fish should be on its menu only once or twice a week. Most cats enjoy looking for an additional treat from food left on the table. It's best to remove the temptation.

Some cats eat too fast, causing vomiting. To slow a fast eater, spread its food evenly over a large container such as the roasting pan.

You may be able to disk or age your cat from hunting birds, rodents, or other small creatures by tossing a few pebbles at it whenever it stalled someone. If yours hunts, it may take up diseases from its prey.


Groom your cat with a brush or a comb with rounded tips, this stimulates the skin and removes loose for. Long-haired cats, especially when shedding, need daily grooming. Other cats need brushing every few days.

Even regularly groomed cats swallow fur when cleaning themselves. This can lead to hairballs in the stomach, causing retching and occasionally a blockage in the intestine. If your cat has this problem, add a teaspoon of petroleum jelly to its food twice a week, groom it more often.

When grooming your cat, check for fleas. They may be apparent only from tiny black specks, their droppings. Some cats are allergic to fleas and develop eczema after a few bites. To rid your cat of fleas, use only those fleas products marked safe for cats.


Have a new cat or kitten examined by a veterinarian. Shots against panleucopenia (distemper) and rhinotracheitis, and calici (serious respiratory infections) are musts. Rabies shots are advisable also. Checkups should be done annually, at which time booster shots can be given.

Have a kitten checked for worms. Worming medicine is a mild poison; don’t give it to a sick cat young or old, without the advice of a veterinarian. Any cat not intended for breeding should be spayed or neutered as soon as it matures sexually. Around 6 months for a female and 8 – 9 months for a male. Contrary to popular belief, this will not cause obesity, and it makes a tom cat less likely to wander.


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

I would say the cat should be kept indoors at least until it is spayed or neutered and fully vaccinated, which may be more than 10 days.
In some areas there are laws that cats cannot be off the owners property, something to check too.
Otherwise good information.

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author avatar Barbara10Broek
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks Mark, I completed your suggestions

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author avatar Jerry Walch
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

Good article Babara. I totally agree with Mark's comments.

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author avatar Paul Lines
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

Good advice Barbara

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author avatar Greenfaol
29th Mar 2011 (#)

Great advice Barbara, excellent article :D

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author avatar Jerry Walch
29th Mar 2011 (#)

Hey, Barbara, we haven't heard from you in a while. I hope that all is well with you. We miss you. We have an off site forum now if you want to chat about anything. Here is the link Hope to see you there.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th May 2011 (#)

Very good information. Excellent article. Well deserved star page.

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