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A Cat Owner’s Handbook

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Table of Contents Congratulations! ............................................................ . 5 Getting Ready for the New Family Member ................................ . 6 Housetraining your Cat ..................................................... . 8 The Litter Box ............................................................ . 8 Socialization and Behaviour ................................................ . 9 Scratching ............................................................... . 9 Play .................................................................... .10 Nutrition ................................................................... .11 Understanding Ingredients ............................................. .11 Cats Need Different Diets at Different Ages ............................. .11 Vitamin and Mineral Supplements ...................................... .11 Boredom and Variety ................................................... .12 Cost .................................................................... .12 Dry vs. Canned ......................................................... .12 Water. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Milk .................................................................... .13 People Food ............................................................ .13 Bones .................................................................. .13 Homemade Diets ....................................................... .13 Food Allergies .......................................................... .13 How Much Should I Feed My Cat? ...................................... .13 How Often Should I Feed My Cat? ...................................... .14 Exercise ..................................................................... .14 The Importance of the Physical Examination ............................. .15 Early Disease Detection ................................................ .15 2

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