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    Do’s and Don’ts Every Cat Owner Should Know

    These simple tips can make your cat happier and healthier.


    • Do play with your cat every day. Your cat needs stimulation, and daily play will do wonders for her health and quality of life.
    • Do provide a scratching post or pad for your cat to sharpen her claws. If you don’t, your cat might choose your furniture as the place to express this natural behavior.
    • Do make sure all litter boxes are clean and inviting. Keep your cat’s litter box in a quiet area and remove soiled litter at least once a day. For multiple cats, more boxes are necessary. We recommend one box for each cat, plus one more. Boxes should be placed in different areas of the house, if possible.


    • Don’t pick up your adult cat by the scruff of her neck. While mother cats often pick up their kittens this way, an adult cat is too heavy for this treatment, and it could result in pain or injury. Instead, pick up your cat with both hands — one under the chest behind the front legs, and one under the abdomen, supporting her rump.
    • Don’t let your cat chew on string, especially if you’re not watching. If she swallows it, it could create an intestinal blockage that might make her sick.
    • Don’t let your cat have access to second floor (or higher) windows that don’t have screens. She could jump out after a bird or something else exciting and seriously injure herself in a fall.

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