More Cat Care Information:
What you feed your pet is one of the key factors in its health. That being said with so many options out there it can be a little confusing trying to decide what variety to choose. However, once you learn the benefits of dry cat food, the process becomes pretty easy.
|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.
No Messes Or Stinky Smells
Many pet cat owners who feed their cats wet food know the disadvantages of doing so very well. It can be messy and pretty stinky, especially once you've accumulated a few cans in your garbage or recycling bin. A much cleaner and non-smelly way to go is dry food which never gets nasty or stinky and actually lasts much longer.
Since you can buy larger amounts of it, without having to worry about it going bad manufacturers offer some pretty big sizes. And these can be a real advantage to pet owners because generally the higher the weight you purchase the less and less it costs per pound. If you add that up over the lifetime of your pet, those are some serious savings.
A Multitude Of Flavors
|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.|
Some owners look down on dry options because they feel that they don't look tasty. In reality nothing could be further from the truth and the fact that millions of cats come running everyday when they hear it hit the bowl is proof of this. There are actually all sorts of flavors such as beef, lamb, chicken and countless others plus a huge number of combinations that incorporate a mixture of them.
Things Are Starting To Get Wild
Now is an exciting time for owners and cats alike since there has been a real movement towards using food made from animals a little wilder than in the past. Game animals like deer, salmon, duck and many more are all on the menu. A lot of these are available as grain free dry cat food as well since cats are by nature predators and in recent years many vets have been recommending a more natural diet.
Special Food For Special Pets
Not all felines have the same needs. A healthy adult cat will have different dietary requirements than one which is overweight. Fortunately the best dry cat food brands offer not just choices for the average fur baby, but for those that need to eat a unique diet based on their age, medical condition, or weight. Whether you have a little baby kitten or an adult which has a problem coughing up hair balls there is delicious and dry solution to give them what they need.
With advantages like these it's just about impossible not to become a dry cat food convert. Just remember to buy in large quantities for the biggest savings possible. And for something a little more natural be sure to check out game flavored options that would make your pet's wild cousins jealous.
|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).|