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Outfit your cat with a collar and ID tag that includes your name,
address, and telephone number. No matter how careful you are, there's
a chance your companion may slip out the door—an ID tag greatly
increases the chance that your cat will be returned home safely.
Follow local cat registration laws. Licensing, a registration and
identification system administered by some local governments, protects
both cats and people in the community.
Keep your cat indoors. Keeping your cat safely confined at all times
is best for you, your pet, and your community.
Take your cat to the veterinarian for regular check-ups. If you
do not have a veterinarian, ask your local animal shelter or a pet-owning
friend for a referral.
Spay or neuter your pet. This will keep her healthier and will reduce
the problem of cat overpopulation.
Give your cat a nutritionally balanced diet, including constant
access to fresh water. Ask your veterinarian for advice on what
and how often to feed your pet.
Train your cat to refrain from undesirable behaviors such as scratching
furniture and jumping on countertops. Contrary to popular belief,
cats can be trained with a bit of patience, effort, and understanding
on your part.
Groom your cat often to keep her coat healthy, soft, and shiny.
Although it is especially important to brush long-haired cats to
prevent their hair from matting, even short-haired felines need
to be groomed to remove as much loose hair as possible. When cats
groom themselves, they ingest a great deal of hair, which often
leads to hairballs.
Set aside time to play with your cat. While cats do not need the
same level of exercise that dogs do, enjoying regular play sessions
with your pet will provide him with the physical exercise and mental
stimulation he needs, as well as strengthen the bond you share.
Be loyal to and patient with your cat. Make sure the expectations
you have of your companion are reasonable and remember that the
vast majority of behavior problems can be solved. If you are struggling
with your pet's behavior, contact your veterinarian or local animal
shelter for advice, and check out the HSUS's Pets for Life campaign