More Cat Care Information:
Imagine the disappointment when an expensive new toy does not catch the fancy of your pet cat and is discarded! Well now you have an alternative. Use the forsaken household material to create a new toy for your cat. The new creativity will not only please the cat but will keep your surroundings cleaner as well.
|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.
The Catnip Sock
Pets love to play with your old pair of socks; the pet will prefer it better if it carries the scent of the owner. The sock can be filled loosely and then tied with catnip, the aromatic herb. Any holes in the socks can be plugged. Pass it to the cat and enjoy the acrobatic reaction.
Jingle Bottle Toy
Empty capped bottle well washed and cleaned with soap can be a toy with little imagination. Once it is dry, slip in some jungle bells inside; cap it firmly or else close the mouth with a tape. Do not be disheartened if jingle bells are not available. There is alternative in the form of cereal, rice, arid beans, macaroni, or other similar noise producing household things. All have the same impact. Present it to the cat for frolic.
String or shoe lace chase toy
|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 remaining string, even a shoe lace will do. All you need is some feathers or better a stuffed toy. Tie this to one end of the string and place it in front of the cat. Keep the loose end with you. Occasionally give a jerk to the string; the object towards the cat will move and it will chase to capture it. This leisure activity is best done under supervision. There are ample options among household items which can right away be converted into play things for the cat. These require no more additions. Present the following items to the cat and watch it play.
- Tennis balls
- Cardboard box
- Worn out hair bands
- Straws used for drinking
- Cork of wine bottles
- Rings that cover milk bottles
- Empty toilet paper tubes
Toilet paper tube can be made more tempting if it is swelled up with old tissue papers or still better by cat food. Enjoy the fun as the cat struggles with concentration to reach the inside stuff to eat. Similar idea can be used with the cardboard box. Fill it will tissue papers and the cat is most likely to take a plunge inside and shred the paper to bits. The ideas are novel but the play den needs tidying up once the game is over. It is an added work for the owner.
Such instantaneously fun providing things cost nothing and keep the home tidy of waste material as well. The owner and the pet enjoy good time together. Reuse and recycle for the love of feline friend which is like a family member. So it becomes all the more necessary to keep it happy and in good spirit. An ill tempered angry cat will be calm and composed once it has enjoyed a good playful activity.
|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).|