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House Cat Care
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Good cat care means a healthy cat, a healthy cat means a happy cat and a happy cat means lots of fun and purring. For this reason we have provided you with a basic and humorous house cat care guide with some helpful tips on training, bathing and de-worming your cat.

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Training a Cat

"I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days."

~Bill Dana

Training a cat

People who train cats are people of infinite patience. I tried once, I decided that the cat should sleep in a basket in the kitchen. I left him there with food, water and a nice warm bed, only to find him ten minutes later comfortably sprawled across my bed. After returning him several times, blocking up every possible escape route I eventually gave up. His name was Houdini and he slept where he wanted.

Even teaching your cat to come when you call it is almost impossible, unless of course there is something in it for him. Cats are clever after all.

Cat Toilet Training

Unlike the dog that can be taken out for walkies to relieve himself, the cat will consider you a candidate for the loony bin if you expect him to defecate on demand. More than likely you will spend the next half an hour trying to get him to come back inside, while he plays a very expert game of hide and seek with you.

Toilet training a cat

Cats are very fastidious in their toilet behaviour. They do not really like to do their business indoors but if this is unavoidable then part of good cat care involves providing them with a litter box. It must be made of a non absorbent product so that no urine smells can penetrate it and offend their highly sensitive sense of smell and you must use a good quality litter.

Despite their being almost obsessive about their toilet behaviour, the burying of the poop ritual actually has nothing to do with hygiene and is more an instinctual cat behaviour left over from their wild days. Poop behaviour was a dominance thing and they would bury it to hide the smells from other cats in the area.

Cat Bath

Cat bath

"To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction - and a cat. The last ingredient is usually hardest to come by."

~Stephen Baker

House Cat Care Danger Tips- I have often thought cats should come with warning labels...

    Step 1: Buy a protective suit from any work wear company, preferably one with one of those full face masks.

    Step 2: Fumble around, with the mask down you can’t see much, trying to find the cat, who has long since realised something is not quite right with you and disappeared.

    Step 3:Bump your shins on the coffee table. Start to feel like an idiot and remove the suit.

    Step 4: Plan the bath for another day when you know where your cat is.

    Step 5: Repeat steps 1 through 4 a couple of times before you decide that maybe you have adopted a self cleaning cat.

Cat Grooming

Cats will spend hours grooming themselves, and I have often thought it would have been far more practical if their tongues where designed like a comb, now that would be the perfect pet, self cleaning, good with waste disposal and able to groom itself. Basic cat care made real simple.

Why do we need to groom our cats? Well if you have ever sat in the same room as a cat that is cotching up a hair ball then you already know why. It actually serves two purposes one to remove the loose hair that they swallow and then make a great show of getting rid of and two it is also a great way to bond with your cat and be able to check it for any signs of illness.

You HAVE to start it early, when they are still small and you are still the bee all and end all of their existence. Once they realise you are just the door opener and the litter box cleaner it is too late.

Fleas on Cats

When it comes to fleas, prevention is best. Some of the treatments come in the form of a pill, this is where the suit you bought for bathing will come in handy. Other forms of flea control are applied to the outside area of the cat.

Cat care Protective wear

These are easier because you can load them into a water pistol and squirt the unsuspecting cat from a distance.

On a more serious note be very careful to follow the instruction for application carefully. Cats are always washing themselves and the medicine can be transferred from their coats to their mouths.

Worms in Cats

Every three months or so you will have to worm your cats, once again the suit comes in handy. There are lots of products on the market but they all require oral application. You will need a sense of humour, several band aids and more than one pill.

So I will conclude by saying that getting a cat to do something that it doesn’t want to do is extremely difficult but keep in mind that same cat that you had to physically extricate from your back will soon be purring like a steam train, and there is no greater sound on this planet.

I hope you have enjoyed reading our house cat care advice and that you and your purring friend will form a happy, healthy and lasting union.

The cats are waiting for you to like them.

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