More Cat Care Information:
Cat enclosures for outdoors are a great way for your indoor kitty to get a breath of fresh air and indulge in some safe birdwatching. Having been an abandoned outdoor kitten myself, I do appreciate the dangers of the great outdoors and how much safer it is to be an indoor cat. Indoor kitties do live longer, healthier and safer lives but sometimes the call of the backyard is ever so tempting……
|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's nothing at all wrong with being an indoor kitty. Indoor kitties are much safer. We don't have to deal with the mean neighborhood kids, dogs and other wild beasts waiting to pounce on us. Being indoors also eliminates the danger of cars. Ugly, nasty smelly things that take us to the vet's office and can also squish a kitty in a matter of seconds. *Shudder*
Indoor kitties also tend to bond more with their humans. After all, we look to you for our food and entertainment. We may act all aloof and picky, but we really do love to curl up on your lap to be petted and loved. We also would much rather play with that catnip mouse that you brought home instead of chasing the real thing. Have you ever tasted mouse? Yuck. Catnip is much tastier, so is tuna. Now bird on the other hand…. ymmm nice roasted parakeet.
|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.|
Okay, so being indoors is safer, healthier, and loving. It can also get a bit boring at times, especially when the humans in your life are spending all their time outdoors. We want to be there with you! Remember, a bored kitty is a destructive kitty. A fat kitty is a bored kitty who ate herself into fathood because she was bored. A bored kitty will eye your toes at 2 in the morning as an appropriate toy and the corner of the couch as a great place to sharpen her claws just to stir things up from time to time.
So what can your human do to keep you safe and let you join them in the garden or on the patio or balcony from time to time? Outside cat enclosures are a great solution. They are fully enclosed and built to keep kitties inside the scary part of the outdoors out. We have one that is attached to our cat flap so we can come and go as we please. Out tunnel leads to a teepee with different levels so we can keep an eye on the world from assorted viewpoints.
I love our outdoor cat enclosure because it gives me a chance to do some up close birdwatching. I just know one of these days I'm going to get a chance at one of those feathered fly toys. Oh, I mean to identify them of course.
There are a variety of styles of cat enclosures for outdoors. There are some like ours that are tunnels that can be hooked together into an elaborate maze. There are some that are small and portable, perfect for an apartment balcony. There are some that that are big enough for a human to join you in. Wherever you live I'm sure your human can find one that would suit your kitty needs.
|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).|