1. If you're looking for a new buddy, consider adopting from your local shelter or search on Petfinder.
2. The average lifespan of a cat is 13 to 17 years, but a lot of cats have been known to live over 20.
4. Cat overpopulation is a huge problem so it's extremely important to ALWAYS spay and neuter your kitties.
6. When cats scratch they actually shed their outer nail to reveal the fresh claw underneath, so they need to scratch to keep those paws healthy.
8. Cut your cat's nails every two to three weeks so they stay somewhat blunt and therefore cannot damage you or your furniture.
11. If you have other pets, make sure you introduce your new kitty gradually.
15. Keep your feeding scheduling consistent every single day.
16. There are many house plants that could be toxic to your cat.
17. Grapes, raisins, avocado, yeast dough, and raw meat are all harmful to your cat.
19. Cats are relatively clean but if you brush and comb your cat frequently, it will reduce the amount of hairball incidents you run into.
20. Meows are hardly heard between two cats — so pay attention when your kitty is meowing, because he's talking to YOU.
21. To clean your cat's ear, place a bit of ear cleaner recommended by your vet on a cotton ball and "gently wipe away any earwax or debris."
24. Keep your cat's eyes clean by taking a damp cotton ball and wiping away any debris or gunk around his eye.
25. Water is the most important nutrient for your cat so make sure your little buddy has access to it at all times!
27. Check your cat for fleas and ticks weekly, and talk to your veterinarian about the best flea and tick control for your cat.
29. Be aware of Feline Urological Syndrome.
Both female and male cats are capable of developing "lower urinary inflammation." Symptoms include frequent litter box trips, pain or difficulty urinating, and sometimes blood in the urine. Keep an eye on your kitty!