1. Turn off the tap and start filling your cat’s drinking bowl with filtered or bottled water. And change the water as often as you remember–at least several times a day.

2. Calm your cat while you’re away by leaving the stereo on, selecting music best suited for your cat’s mood.

3. Toss a slightly damp towel into the dryer for 10 to 15 minutes and then drape it on your cat on chilly nights to help him fall asleep. Moist heat eases aches and improves flexibility.

4. Show how much you care about your cat by keeping a first-aid kit on hand. The kit should contain cold packs, gauze dressings, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, ear cotton swabs, insect bite ointment and your veterinarian’s phone number.

5. Learn the art of feline massage and improve your cat’s circulation and mood. Kneading, gliding and circling motions are suggested.

6. To modify and improve behavior, learn all you can about about your cat’s natural instincts and how you can use positive reinforcement to shape her behavior. A good book to read is “Think Like a Cat” by Pam Johnson-Bennett.

7. Re-decorate your cat’s sleeping area by replacing your old cat bed with a designer model that matches your motif.