More Cat Care Information:
Feline Leukemia is one of the most common types of cancers that effect cats. It is highly important to have your cats immunized so that there is a lesser risk of them developing leukemia. If your cat is healthy and has all of its vaccines, then you probably won't have to worry as much.
|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.
Feline Leukemia is deadly towards cats and, if left untreated, they will die within a few weeks of contracting the disease. But if proper care is taken, you can see your cat live for many years, even with leukemia.
As with any animal that has leukemia there are symptoms that will present themselves so that you can take your cat to the vet for treatment. These symptoms can range anywhere from consistent vomiting, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. These lymph nodes are found all over the cats body, so you would have to regularly check on your own in order to find them. If you do find any swollen lymph nodes, you should take your cat to the vet as soon as possible to have them checked for leukemia.
|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.|
Making sure that you have your cat vaccinated will usually take care of any threat of leukemia, but some cats will still get it. You should keep an eye on what your cats are eating, especially ones that are outside frequently. Cats are known to be natural hunters and can get leukemia through an infected animal that they have hunted. Leukemia is not a pleasant disease for your cat to have, but you are able to give it a comfortable life with certain treatments if you catch it early enough.
A lot of people are choosing to go the all-natural route these days. There are plenty of sites online that offer resources to those that feel an all-natural aspect is better for your cat. Whether or not you decide to go with the holistic approach, you should still contact your vet to see what options you have available to you.
Your cat's health is extremely important to you and your family and you will want to take every avenue you can in order to make it as healthy as you possibly can. By giving it regular checkups, you can accomplish this easily.
|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).|