More Cat Care Information:
Pet owners of today are faced with a wide range of food types, formulas and flavors when choosing healthy choices for their cats. Sometimes, it becomes difficult to choose what type to feed for their cat. Reviews are very important in the buying process. These reviews serve as a guide towards finding not only the right but the healthiest and most nutritious your pet wants to eat.
|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.
These reviews suggest reading the labels of the pet food first to choose the right one. It should meet the nutritional guidelines for cats and should match any special health needs of your cat.
The first step is to check the label for the nutritional content and guarantee. The food manufacturer should display a nutritional guarantee that the AAFCO approves. It will guarantee that the cat food meets established minimum nutritional requirements in cats.
When in the market, it is important to buy one that is appropriate for the age of your cat. This is also referred to on the labels as 'life stage'. According to reviews, the nutritional needs of a cat alter with age.
Choose cat food that is formulated for the special health conditions of your cat if any. For instance, there are weight control formulas and adult maintenance formulas. In addition, there are formulas for cats that have diabetes, urinary tract problems and other health concerns.
|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.|
Make sure to read the ingredients first on the package label before deciding to purchase any brand. The ingredients of the cat food are listed according to quantity. Ingredients derived from animals such as meat, fish, eggs or poultry are listed first. This is an indication that it is high quality. The other nutritional needs for cats should also be checked on the label. They include taurine, arginine, arachidonic acid, acetate and linoleic acid. Cat food which contains high protein level is a great choice.
You can select the food to feed your pet based on its type. There are basically three choices available namely dry, canned and semi-moist. Dry food is packaged in bags or boxes and usually used for free choice meals. This won't require refrigeration. In some instances, dry is less digestible than other types of pet food. Canned are packaged in plastic trays and are used for cats that prefer eating at set meal times. Semi-moist on the other hand comes packaged in pouches and can be fed free choice.
Pet food reviews also suggest opting food your cat likes. Cats can be picky eaters. Even if you choose the healthiest food for them, if your cat won't eat it, then it would be worthless. Choose those flavors your cat really enjoys. Some of them don't like fish but prefer lamb or beef. It is also important to accommodate the eating habits of your cat when choosing food. Some like munching on dry kibbles all day while others prefer scheduled meals made up of meaty, wet food. They might also enjoy a variety of semi-moist, dry and canned meals.
|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).|