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Why Spay or Neuter: A common question from cat owners is "Why should I spay or neuter my pet?" The obvious answer is population control, but there are additional health benefits as well. As the number of cats relinquished to animal shelters demonstrates so dramatically, feline overpopulation has become a big problem. This is the reason animal welfare groups and veterinarians strongly recommend spaying and neutering cats. And, it's important to do it early in the pet's life. In addition to helping control the cat population, it has been found that these procedures also protect cats against injury from fighting and from some reproductive diseases.

Spay: Having your cat spayed - a safe and simple operation to remove the female reproductive organs - stops all reproductive function. Your cat won't ever be in heat again, and she won't contribute to the cat overpopulation problem. Experts also recognize that if cats are spayed, the incidence of breast cancer, mammary cancer in cats, goes down dramatically. And there is no risk of infection or disease in those organs. So spaying your cat is a win-win-win situation. Since a female kitten can get pregnant as early as four months of age, you should consider neutering or spaying your kitten early.

Neuter: Having your cat neutered - a safe and simple operation to remove the male reproductive organs - stops all reproductive function. For those of you who do not intend to breed cats, one cat plus one cat adds up to a lot more than two cats. In fact, one plus one can produce thousands of cats. Millions of cats are euthanized every year in this country. Many vets will perform a spaying or neutering procedure on kittens within the first few months of life.

How to Clip Kitty's Claws: If you have a kitten, handle her paws frequently so she gets used to claw clipping. Wait until older cats are sleepy and calm if they give you a hard time. A small cat clipping scissors should be used. Cat claw scissors can be purchased in pet supply store and some supermarkets for about five to seven dollars. Ask someone else to hold your kitty if possible.

If you're alone, hold kitty in the crook of your arm and extend the claws with that hand. Hold the paw between your thumb and forefinger. Then gently push down on the paw with your thumb on the pad to extend the claw. Manipulate cat claw scissors with other hand. Just clip the tip; avoid the part of the claw where you see a blood vessel. Just take the curly tip off - that's the part that does the tearing. If you have help, have your helper hold the kitty and distract it by petting it while you work on the curly tips. Then give her a treat. Chances are you'll need to wait to do another claw. It is probably wise to 'manicure' kitty claws every week or so.

Catnip Isn't For All Cats: If you've ever wanted to give your cat a treat, you've probably offered it some catnip. If your cat seems uninterested in a toy filled with catnip, she's perfectly normal. Only about half of all cats seem sensitive to catnip. That's because only about half of all cats have a certain dominant gene. Also, catnip doesn't seem to affect kittens under three months of age. Reactions to catnip vary from mild appreciation to extreme pleasure. But beware -- cats under the influence of catnip aren't always friendlier. Occasionally, catnip makes some cats aggressive, so never use it when you're trying to introduce two cats for the first time.

Chocolate Hearts and Kisses: The chocolate your loved one gives you to capture your heart could kill the furry one you love. Your pet loves the sweet flavor of chocolate and might gorge on it. Never leave chocolate unattended. Several components of chocolate can be toxic. Tremors, vomiting and diarrhea are some of the symptoms of a chocolate overdose.

Cats and Houseplants: Eating plants is normal behavior for an outdoor cat but not for indoor varieties. There are more than aesthetic concerns for the feline who forages on the philodendron in the foyer. Plant chewing, although normal behavior, can be a cause of some problems for the cats if the plants are toxic. There are some very common houseplants that have a pretty good possibility of poisoning a cat. For a list of toxic houseplants, consult your veterinarian.

Keep Kitty Indoors: Should your cat be an indoor or outdoor cat? Do closed doors mean the cat is cooped up or kept from harm? Is it cruel to keep your cat cooped up all day inside? Veterinarians say indoor cats tend to be healthier and live longer than outdoor cats. They don't get exposed to toxic pesticides or contagious diseases. Indoor cats also can't get hit by a car or attacked by outside animals. Chances are, your indoor bundle of fur won't pick up any fleas, ticks or parasitic worms either. Your indoor cat's biggest problem may be boredom. Give him plenty of toys, perches and posts to scratch. Play with him often. When it's fun to be inside, many indoor cats who finally do go out just want to come right back in.

Litter Box Lapses: Cats that have faithfully used litter boxes all their lives may suddenly decide to answer nature's call elsewhere. The most common reason for a cat to turn tail on its own litter box is that the box may not be clean enough. A change in the type of litter used, in the litter box itself, or in the location of the box can also throw your cat off. If a new cat has been brought in to the household that could be just enough stress to cause a cat to not use the litter box. A urinary or intestinal tract disorder could also be the cause, so if environmental changes are ruled out, take your cat for a check-up.

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