Cat Care Tips – Cats Are Perfect Companions

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We have all seen cats sleeping in windows and cuddling up with their owners. The fact is that cats are wonderful, loving pets that are a joy to own.

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.

However, the cat species that we know of today was very different thousands of years ago. History tells us that cat domestication took place thousands of years ago in the Nile valley. Wild cats became friendly to humans as we began to approach them and encourage them to stay by feeding them food.

Cats then began to see humans as friendly and allowed themselves to be taken in as companions. As time progressed, cats have become loyal and endearing members to human families. In the early days, cats were used as hunters against pests and rodents. They proved themselves to be effective hunters as the would sleep in the daytime and offer protection at night.

Compared to dogs, cats have superior night vision and superb hearing skills. Cats would alarm their owners if they heard someone moving in the house of if they perceived some type of danger, while a dog would continue to sleep. Now a days, the role of cats has changed mostly to the role of companions and for show.

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.

There are a wide variety of cat breeds available today, from the Siamese and Persian to the alley cat. If well taken care of, all breeds will provide you with loving companionship. If you are thinking of getting a older cat or a kitten, it is important to investigate where the cat is originating from.

Make sure that the cat breeder has an excellent reputation if you choose to get your cat from a breeder. The cattery should be clean and be in good shape. Verify that the kittens that are still in the cattery are living in clean, open surroundings. Check to see if their food and water dishes are clean and if their litter boxes have been well maintained.

Kittens should be free to run in the open and not be left in a cage. A good sign of a healthy cat is that they have a shiny fur coat and none of their ribs should be visible. Kittens should be used to being handled and touched. Kittens that have been handled young should be sweet and show no signs of fear.

Kittens should not be allowed to leave their nest until they are about twelve weeks to sixteen weeks. This allows for the cats immune system to fully develop.

Cats make for excellent pets. If you take your time and check for these basic signs of good cat health, you will have less problems in the future and have a more enjoyable experience with your feline friend.


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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