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Before you bring your new kitty home, you will need to kitten-proof  your home.  To get started,  get down on the floor for a kitten's-eye view of your home.  If  you     see something she might like, hide it! 

-- Remove  fragile or heavy objects from low tables and shelves.  Your kitten might enjoy knocking them down just to see what happens.

-- Pick up small items from off the floor-rubber bands, pins, tiny plastic toys, ext., can harm a curious kitten.

-- Cords dangling window blinds or draperies can be a strangling hazard.  Wrap and tie the cord to get them safely out of her way.

-- Cover all of your wastebaskets and trash containers so what's inside stays inside.

-- Get electrical cords off the floor if you can, or cover them with  plastic barriers sold in stores.

-- Close toilet lid so kitty doesn't fall in.  Unless her litter box is in the bathroom, it's safer to keep your kitten out of this hazardous room.

-- Remove poisonous houseplants.  If you are not sure whether any of your plants are poisonous, ask your vet.  A number of common plants

     are poisonous to cats.

Maintaining a  happy and healthy cat.

First off you will need a good shampoo.  Chose one that is especially for cats, or use human baby shampoo.  For long, silky coats, you will need to use an conditioning rinse as needed. Cotton balls keep ears dry while bathing, and cotton swabs help with post-bath ear care.

Your cat keeps her claws in shape by removing the worn outer covering- called sheaths. Either by chewing the sheaths off or leaving them in whatever she claws on.  Keeping your cat's claws trimmed is a good practice for two reasons: First, doing so cuts down on destructiveness by removing some - but not all  - of  your cat's desire to dig his claws into objects.  Second, it makes things a little more comfortable for us thin-skinned humans to live with cats. As anyone with a cat who likes to "knead" with claws going in and out while napping on can testify!  There are several types of nail trimmers, it is just a matter of preference on what works best for you and your kitty.

For longhaired cats, grooming is a little more involved.  Here are some steps to follow:

-- Divide your cat's coat into sections with a medium or coarse comb and work  through the fur slowly and gently, going opposite of the hairs growth. 

-- Then when all the tangles are out use a fine-toothed comb.

-- Follow with a brushing, and again work with a small section at a time, using a pin brush.

-- Don't forget lots of praise!

Get your kitten used to being handled, brushed, combed, and bathed , and prepare her for nail trimming by gently handling her paws, pushing a claw out, releasing, and praising. Starting this at young age will help them to learn the same grooming routines, and maybe learn to enjoy them!  Use treats, praise, and gentle petting to let your pet know that you approve of  her behavior.  You can't make a cat do anything she doesn't want to do, so raise is the only way to go.