More Cat Care Information:
I have no doubt that you are treating your pet cat just like the other family members in the house. Cats make wonderful pets; they are cute, fun to play with and nice to cuddle. However, cats are living organisms and we cannot deny that they may make your day even busier by leaving fur balls around, soil your carpets or even wet your sofa. So what can you do? Well, your kids do mess up the house too, don’t they?
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
If you really treat your cat as part of your family, you would have no other choice but to simply clean up the mess. Fortunately for all cat owners, products which make cat care much easier are widely available in the market today.
o Litter Boxes
Cats just hate to be dirty. They spend a considerable amount of time licking themselves to remain clean and neat. Unlike dogs, cats are commonly known as low maintenance pets, but there are still necessary cares to be given to them. One of these areas is the kitty litter boxes.
With better products, kitty litter boxes now come with all sorts of colours and patterns which bring a touch of whimsy to your interior design. With better designs and technologies, the messes can be cleaned easily and hence put an end to the odors.
Cat care products seem to be quite competitive nowadays. Have you ever heard of automatic self cleaning litter boxes? There is this design which has an internal grill that traps used litter and you simply roll the enclosed litter box on its side and remove the waste tray. There is another kind which takes self-cleaning to the next level by having a slowly but rotating system that quietly but continuously scoops used cat litter into a receptacle.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
And finally there is this kitty litter box which automatically flushes cat waste down your toilet bowl. Instead of cat litter, this box uses permanent granules that are washable. After your cat uses the box, the granules are automatically washed, disinfected, and dried. Liquid and any solid waste are flushed down the toilet bowl with fresh water.
o Kitty Litter
Like choosing the food they eat, your cat may prefer one kind of kitty litter to another. There are several brands in the market; your cat will come to one that it prefers. Some good kitty litter can actually help to eliminate odors and keep your feline healthy from harmful bacteria. There is this brand which not only neutralizes litter box odors, but also changes color if your cat has a urinary tract infection. Early detection means early treatment for your cat. With early treatment given, your feline friend has a much higher chance of survival as urinary tract infections can be life threatening.
o Shedding tools
Many cat owners are troubled by the cat hair that clings to clothes, furniture or all over the house. To get rid of this problem, you may just need to invest in one of the cat care products which are the shedding tools. Shedding tools can come in two forms; one by brushing through your feline’s fur and the other by cleaning up hair from your furniture and clothes.
Cats typically shed their undercoat rather than the upper level parts, so these products basically help to remove those dead hair which is about to drop off. These products are especially designed for cats’ fur and they can come in the form of comb, brush or glove brush.
Removing these dead hair or fur ball from your cat’s body not only help you to keep the house clean, it can also prevent your cat from accidentally swallow the fur ball which may cause serious intestine problems.
Basically cat care is simple. Being a good cat owner, you have to learn the know-how in cat care, understand them, and observe them regularly and carefully to see if they are suffering from any health problems. To help the cat owners further, improved cat care products are making it easier take good care of their feline companions.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|