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Cats

Recommended cats: Many loving cats are available for adoption through the humane society and local rescue organizations. Please contact us or the humane society for the telephone numbers of these organizations. All cats should be kept indoors only for their safety.

Diet: Cats should be fed a high quality food such as Iams or Science Diets. Kittens and nursing mothers should be fed a high quality kitten formula. Do not feed your cat "people food". Be sure to monitor your cat's diet. Obesity is a common problem in pet cats and can lead to serious health problems.

Water: Fresh, clean water should be available at all times. Bowls should be cleaned daily with warm water and soap.

Grooming: Cats can be washed up to twice a month using a mild, hypoallergenic shampoo. Be careful not to over-shampoo your cat. This can strip the natural oils in the cat's coat, causing irritation to the skin. Dips and flea shampoos can cause problems for many cats and should be used with caution. Kittens over 8 weeks old can be bathed with mild shampoos which are specifically labeled for use on kittens. Also, brushing to remove excessive hair and prevent matting should be done on a regular basis. Large mats are painful and can lead to many serious skin problems.

Toys: Keep your cat happy by supplying plenty of toys.

Vaccines:Vaccines are given every year to adult cats. Kittens need to have a series of vaccines starting at 8 weeks of age until they are 4 months of age. Once the series is completed, they receive their next vaccines in one year. A comprehensive examination of your pet and the pet's life style help to determine which vaccinations are needed and at what interval for each pet.

Spaying and Neutering: All cats should be spayed or neutered between 6 to 8 months of age unless they are being bred or shown. Cats do not have regular heat cycles. Instead, female cats will ovulate whenever they are exposed to the hormones of an unneutered male cat. Females are pregnant for approximately two months and can become pregnant again IMMEDIATELY after giving birth. In addition, unspayed female cats are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer than spayed cats. Similarly, unneutered male cats are at a greater risk of developing prostate, colon, rectal, and testicular cancer than neutered males.