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Learn how to take care of a cat or kitten in this cat care and grooming video series from Howcast.
You Will Need
- Preventive care
- Signs of illness
- Absence of parasites
- Healthy teeth
- Spaying or neutering (optional)
Get preventive care
Make sure your cat has adequate preventive care. This should include an annual comprehensive exam with a licensed veterinarian.
Take your cat to the vet if it becomes ill
Take your cat to the vet as soon as it shows signs of illness. Cats can hide their ailments, and you may think the cat is healthy. Make all your regularly scheduled appointments, and look for changes in behavior that may be a symptom of a bigger problem.
Talk to your vet about the best ways to remove parasites -- fleas, tapeworms, ear mites, hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and ticks -- from your cat.
Be sure to give your cat enough water. A serious water deficiency can lead to serious illness or death.
Feed your cat sparingly. Obesity is the most common nutritional disease seen in cats.