Although cat care is relatively easy — especially when compared to caring for a dog, there are certain important things you should be aware of.
Cat Care Supplies
Before bringing your new kitten or cat home, from an individual or an animal shelter, make sure you’re prepared with the basic cat supplies. You’ll need a food and water bowl, quality cat food, collar with I.D. tag, litter box, litter, brush, and flea and tick medication if applicable.
No matter who or where you get your feline from — be sure to ask for any and all veterinarian or health records. This way you’ll be prepared when you take your new cat or kitten to the veterinarian. You should visit your vet soon as possible after the adoption, and then on a yearly basis — it’s a necessity of providing basic cat care.
While you’re at the veterinarian, have your cat spayed or neutered (if they aren’t already). It makes so much sense. Not only to help control the pet population, but for sanitary and health reasons as well.
An unfixed cat that goes outdoors wanders long distances and gets into fights on a regular basis — which can lead to all sorts of illnesses and expensive vet bills.
An unfixed indoor cat has problems too. A male sprays urine all over the place to mark his territory. And an unfixed female experiences a lot of stress when she goes into heat (which happens quite often) and is open to health issues.
The safest way to care for your feline is to keep him/her indoors at all times, but many choose to let their cat outdoors part of the time. This is dangerous in high traffic areas and areas that have dangerous predators such as large dogs, coyotes, and other cats. If you’re going to let your cat outdoors, at least bring them indoors at night — that’s the most dangerous time for them.
Good cat care means not over feeding your cat. Give them the quantity recommended on the cat food package label. An overweight cat is prone to many serious illnesses such as diabetes. And make sure that any food you buy contains a large percentage of real meat — as cats are carnivores.