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Cat Caring Tips:

An interesting fact that not everyone is aware of is that cats are strong survivors.

According to experts, cats are one of those animal species that seem to have undergone almost negligible changes over the past 6000 years or even more. So some may question or wonder why cats can’t take care of themselves, but the answer to that is an emphatic no, particularly in today's settings.

Since domesticated cats have dwelt with humans for such a long period of time, they have become highly conditional on their masters for survival. Here are some basic tips for cat health care that can help in knowing how to care for cat.

  • Flea infestation can be a horrible nuisance to both the cat and the members of the family and knowing how to control ticks as well as fleas can greatly help in comforting the cat and getting rid of the nuisance.

    Unfortunately it takes only a tiny tick to build an entire population overnight that can take over the house in a matter of days. At the first sign of a tick or a flea, rush to the cat's vet for immediate solutions. Ensure that your cat’s surroundings are thoroughly cleaned and devoid of dirt and filth.
  • Make sure that your cat is supplied with a fresh can of water daily and throughout the day as contaminated water can easily bring about illness. Get rid of pet food if it has been lying untouched for more than six hours, or if possible refrigerate it for later use. If your cat needs special change in its diet, remember to do it as gradually as possible as the change can put your pet off its diet, especially if you do so at once.
  • Do not declaw your cat as it is extremely barbarous and cold-blooded and is tantamount to cutting off a finger. Doing so can cause serious physical and psychological trauma to the cat. Rather it helps to train your pet to make use of a scratching post or wrapping its claws with soft sheaths or seeking help from your vet to gently remove the tips of the claws with a specially designed nail cutter. One of the most ingrained instincts of a cat is to scratch; refraining the cat from doing so will only cause more harm to your furniture and to your pet.
  • Make a habit of brushing your cat daily in order to decrease shedding. If your cat has long hair, use your fingers to remove the tangles and to smooth out the matted fur.
  • Also clean your cat’s ears on a weekly basis with the help of a cotton ball and a medical cleanser prescribed by the veterinarian for proper pet health care. You can also make use of a moist cotton ball to clean the eyes of the cat as they secrete wax-like formations that build around the corners of their eyes and cause infections.
  Submitted on July 13, 2010