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November 9, 2012

Paw Prints: Take care when welcoming a new cat

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Some cats also prefer uncovered boxes, while others like their privacy. Have one more litter box than there are cats.

Plan to train Fluffy to tolerate basic healthy handling. Regular brushing will minimize shedding and enhance your bond. Everyone can learn to clip their cat’s nails. If you need guidance, your veterinary team is happy to oblige. Even daily tooth brushing is something Fluffy can be taught.

Last but not least, cat-proof your home. Remove strings, ribbons, rubber bands and crafts. Kittens love to play with these items and may accidentally eat them. Cats may even swallow sewing needles that are attached to strings. Be careful with poisonous plants. Lilies are extremely toxic and should be avoided in cat-friendly homes.

With careful planning, your new feline friend will be a happy companion for years to come.

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Dr. Heidi Bassler practices at Bassler Veterinary Hospital (www.BasslerVet.com). She hosts a radio show, “Your Pet’s Health,” every Sunday morning at 8:30 on AM-1450 WNBP. Do you have questions for Dr. Bassler? Send them to heidibasslerdvm@comcast.net.

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