earl is a very good name.
would disagree re: dry food bc i think the advice going around right now is wet food is better bc in the wild cats get most of their water from their food and not straight water. if your friend wants to stick with the dry food route, he should separate the water and food dishes because they tend to prefer them separately.
play with him for 30 mins a day until he is panting and physically cannot play any longer. this will keep him from being restless at night.
some people swear by the furminator for long hair cats i never noticed it making that much of a difference