Cat Care – Simple Tips to Understand Your Cat

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Whether you are adopting or have just adopted a cat, the excitement you are having should be great. No doubt it takes time and effort to be a responsible owner, the joy you would enjoy with your new companion overshadows all hard work. Doesn’t it just melt your heart when your “cutie pie” looks into your eyes with unreserved love?

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.

When you have your new pet cat joining the family, you need to ensure that you have enough time to spend with it. This is the time when you could build the bonding and to understand your feline’s personality. No two cats have identical characteristics and traits, so it is always helpful to understand your very own pet. Sooner or later, depending on how much time you have spent with your cat, you should be able to understand your new companion, just like any human beings.

You may not see the reason behind as to why you need to understand your cat. But understanding your cat is extremely important if you want to be a good and responsible owner. Well, of course your cat cannot talk to you but by observing your cat’s behavior, you could figure out what it wants if you understand it well enough. So if you know what your feline wants, isn’t it easier for you to provide it with better care? Notwithstanding the fact that you should be able to understand your cat sooner or later, it would definitely benefit you with more information as in how you could better understand your cat.

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.

To begin the journey of understanding your cat, you may like to start by observing its behavior to look out for signals which show that it is ready to attack anytime. The signal to attack out of anger and the signal to fight out of playfulness can be different. Cats can have anger issues though they are always tamed. To know when your cat is prepared to attack when agitated is important as you would not want it to injure any person or any other pet. When you see that your cat crouched with its head down, it may imply that it is not happy and you can expect it to pounce anytime. There are other signs you can look out for, like moving its tail horizontally, more of like lashing a whip back and forth. If your cat did not attack, it may also retreat to some places where it can find comfort to cool down.

There are also times when cats, especially kittens attack you, your family members or even other pets because they are in their playful mood. It’s not difficult to see their playful signals. An elated cat with a playful mood is always active and likes to run about. It may hide behind any object, crouched and fix its eyes on its target waiting for a good time to attack and run. If your cat purrs, a soft and low sound made by its throat could be heard, this is actually a signal showing to you that it is pleased. When this happened, you may like to cuddle it or stroke its head to show your extra attention on it.

As mentioned, it just melts your heart when your feline looks into your eyes with unreserved love. You can look for the signs from your cat when it is showing its love towards you. One way as some people believe is through licking and biting. Another signal is shown when a cat squint when it look at you, it is actually showing you its love and affection.

Understanding your cat isn’t that difficult as long as you put your heart into it. The examples which I’ve mentioned above were only a fraction of the signals you can look out for as a start. Spend a little more time with your new companion, observe it carefully, and take note of its personalities. In no time at all, you will understand you new friend inside out.


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).
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