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Bathing a Cat
Cats are known for their ability to groom themselves. However, for various reasons there may come a time when your cat is sorely in need of a bath. There are cats that do not seem to mind the procedure, although sadly, these cats are the exception. Almost all cats dislike getting wet and thus, bath time can be a real challenge. If you do find yourself facing this challenging situation the following tips may help.
Get everything ready before you get the cat. You do not want to have to interrupt the process for any reason. To bathe a cat you are going to want to have a brush, shampoo, a face cloth, a few treats and a lot of towels. You should also make certain that you have a change of clothes and if need be, another family member.
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Scratching is something that every cat does and something that very few owners appreciate. You are probably not going to be able to get the cat to stop. However, this does not mean that there is nothing you can do to at least curb this destructive habit.
One of the first things that you might want to consider doing is getting a squirt gun. You can use the gun to squirt the cat each time you catch him scratching an item that you want him to stay away from. If you do not want to use a squirt gun you can fill a can with pennies. Toss this near the cat when he is scratching as the loud noise will most likely scare him away. This is can be a simple but effective tactic.
To prevent him from scratching your valuable possessions, you should get your... [Read more of this article]
Selecting a Cat – the Right Breed for You!
There is far more to selecting a cat than many people realize. This is a member of the family and one that will be with you and your family for many years. Since this is the case you should take the time to learn about different breeds and pick one that will be best suited to your lifestyle.
There are certain breeds which possess particular traits. These characteristics are not as pronounced as those in dogs but they do exist. It is important to note that just because a cat is a specific breed does not mean that they will have a certain trait, there are always exceptions to the rule.
Cats are very vocal creatures and are capable of making more than one hundred individual sounds. Compare that to a dog that can make less than twenty and you will... [Read more of this article]
Cat Scratching Posts
Cats like to scratch. There is nothing that you can do to stop your cat from scratching, it is a part of his nature and is a quality that you as an owner, are going to have to learn to live with. You can however, curb his scratching behaviour or conversely, you can limit the places where he can do his scratching.
The best way to do this is to invest in a good scratching post. When you go to buy a post you should consider a number of things that are very important.
You have to select a post that is going to appeal to your cat. A post must be sturdy. If the post is shaky or unstable the cat is not going to use it. A post must be tall enough for the cat. A cat must be able to stretch out completely. Scratching and stretching are one way that cat... [Read more of this article]
Teaching Your Children about Cats
One of the things that many people forget to do in their excitement of getting a new kitten or cat is to teach their children how to behave around the animal. Unfortunately, this is a crucial step for both the children and the kitten.
Prior to bringing your new pet home it is important to explain to your children exactly how to hold a cat or a kitten. A great way to teach your children how to hold a cat is to use a stuffed animal. Start by showing them how they should hold the cat securely while at the same time, not too tight. They should also learn to support the cat’s weight evenly as well as to avoid grasping the animal around the middle. Remember to explain the proper way in which to pet a cat and tell them not to grab a cat’s tail... [Read more of this article]
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