More Cat Care Information:
Inflation has touched on everything including pet food and pet products and that is why people are looking for ways to cut down the expenditure on pet products. They resort to homemade food, look for cheap commodities while buying outside and several individuals even self sacrifice their own joys for the sake of the pet. The quandary between expenses and the health of the pet often leaves people in a dilemma and more often than not they choose latter thus enduring heavy operating costs. However the emergence of online stores has hugely helped to solve these problems and almost every pet owner is seen buying their pet products from online websites.
|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.
There are several reasons behind people pledging their allegiance to online stores. For one, the online store products are much cheaper than those that are available in the market and the variety that they offer is much greater than your general pet store. There is no available pet food which you can't find on the internet. Moreover with online stores, you no longer need to go to the market in order to shop for products. These websites have shopping carts where you can deposit your items. Only pay the money via a debit card or PayPal and the products are delivered right next to your doorstep. So you are even spared the effort of walking to the shop to buy the items.
|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.|
The only disadvantage of online stores is that what you buy will be initially virtual until you have bought the product which means that there is a possibility that the product which you brought and the one that you have received may be different. So you need to be careful about this. For the same reason, you should trade only with reputed companies, the ones which have been endorsed by many people. In case you don't know any reputed names, scour the internet for the same. Read people's reviews and then go ahead with your buys. In case of any queries, get it answered by the customer service agent. Check the product thoroughly on delivery to see if it has been tampered with or if it is past the expiry date.
Buying from online stores can help you to save on hundreds of dollars every year and certain online companies even offer free medical advice, so that is one added advantage. So if you wish to avail good discounts, begin shopping online for pet food starting today.
|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).|