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How to Do Most Anything Involving Your Cat

Although cats are pretty diligent in keeping their coats groomed, they depend on us for a lot of their personal upkeep: things like brushing out knots, cleaning their teeth, and giving medication when necessary. Learn also how to assemble a first aid kit, how to trim claws, and how to live with cats and allergies.

How to Assemble a First Aid Kit for Cats
There will be times when you can't get your cat to the veterinarian right away, or her condition might warrant emergency first aid treatment before the trip. Be prepared, with your Feline First Aid Kit.

How to Bathe Your Cat
Cats generally do a good job of keeping themselves clean but, for various reasons, there will be occasions you'll need to bathe your kitty. It's not as hard as you may think, once you both know the routine, so practice when your cat is young.

How to Choose a Cat from the Shelter
Choosing a cat from a shelter will benefit both of you. You'll receive unconditional gratitude,love and companionship, and the cat will be given a reprieve from death. A real win-win situation!

How to Clean Your Cat's Ears
You may need to clean your cat's ears as a preliminary to administering medication for mites, or just as a part of regular grooming.

How to Clean Your Cat's Teeth
Dental health is every bit as important to cats as it is to humans. A regular program of teeth cleaning will ensure your cat will enjoy his senior years with all his teeth intact.

How to Convert Your Cat's Age to Human Years
You will be able to understand your cat's development more easily if you have a general idea of his age in human years. This method and the accompanying age chart will point the way for you.

How to De-Mat a Cat
Mats are not only unsightly, they are painful to your cat, and they can lead to skin irritation and infection, if not removed. Here's the easiest and least painful way to get rid of them, but be forwarned: it will take patience.

How to Deskunk Your Cat
So your cat had an encounter with a 'polecat' and came out second best. Here are instructions for getting rid of the Eau de Skunk and restoring his own sweet kitty smell.

How to Discourage Kitty's Bad Behavior
Training a cat is a simple part of rewarding good behavior and discouraging the bad. Here are some simple tips for the latter.

How to Examine Your Cat's Teeth and Gums
A critical part of a dental care program for cats is routine at-home examination of his teeth and gums. Here are tips for making it easy on both of you.

How to Gentle a Kitten
Handling an unruly cat can sometimes be difficult, but by training him from kittenhood to be handled by humans, you'll be able to groom, clip toenails, and examine him routinely with his full cooperation.

How to Kittenproof Your Home
Kittens are curious little tykes and love to explore nooks and crannies for things to taste and possibly swallow. Here are tips for making sure they don't find 'toys' that can harm them.

How to Pill a Cat
So the veterinarian says Tiger needs these pills and your cat glowers at you with jaws clamped shut? Take command-- you can pill a cat with these instructions.

How to Safely Remove a Tick from a Cat
Ticks are treacherous little beasts and can carry diseases that threaten both you and your cat. Here's the safest way to remove a tick from a cat.

How to Take Your Cat's Temperature
Your cat's normal temperature is between 100.4°F and 102.5°F. Higher temperatures may necessitate a trip to the veterinarian, depending on other symptoms. If your cat seems sick or sluggish, take his temp, and if it's high, a vet visit is imperative.

# How to Train Your Cat to a Leash
Whether your cat is exclusively indoors, or an indoor-outdoor variety, there are times you'll need to keep him confined with a leash. Even older cats can be leash trained, given patience.

How to Train a Kitten to the Litterbox
Kittens are readily trained to the litterbox, which is much preferable to accidents on the carpet. The momma cat will usually train them, but if you are the surrogate momma, here's how to train your kitten to use the litter box.

How to Trim Your Cat's Claws
Trimming your cat's claws is the humane answer to declawing. Start with a relaxed, sleepy cat, sharp clippers and a good light source, for best results. Regular human toenail or fingernail clippers work well, as well as guillotine-type cat clippers.

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