More Cat Care Information:
You wanted to provide extra safety for your cat with a collar, but you didn't know that getting her to wear it was gone be such a tough job. You see, even though some categories of cats will not mind it, not even the first time, there are also cats who will go insane attempting to get it off. Finally, almost all of them will accomplish this task. To convince such a sensible feline, one must get things slow and get her used little by little. It's advised to keep her company until you are sure the cat is not disturbed anymore. The feline is more likely to accept the collar if it is comfortable and fits good on her neck. If you don't know what to choose, here is a list of the most common kinds of cat collars.
|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 most common type is the buckle collar. They are very easy to use, but if you want to find the fit length, sliders to handle the size behave better. A well-adjusted length ensures safety, keeping the collar in position, and avoiding to get hung up. Some say this length is found when there is space two fingers wide under the collar.
Fabric collars don't cost much, but what you pay is what you get. They will often shrink when they get wet, creating discomfort. Furthermore, if the cat scratches, they become gradually shredded and will break at some point.
|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.|
If safety is your main goal, breakaway collars are for you. This type of collars has a feature that will release the pet if it should happen to get stuck someplace. Elastic bands are also recommended if you want a fit adjustment, to reduce the cat's chances of getting trapped. The sad part is, they can be tricked easily if the cat is determined to get it off. So don't use one unless your kitten is already not used to collars.
If you are looking for something elegant, but also comfortable and durable, cat collars made of leather are for you. They are available in a large variety of models and colors.
A designer collar is prepared for that owner that wants his cat to stand out. Designer collars are made from different materials and are decorated with all kinds of stones, glass or jewels, ready to please any taste.
If you are an owner that leaves his pet out at night, perhaps you should get her equipped with a reflective collar. It will make her more visible and keep her out of accidents.
All cat owners must remember that collars can stretch out over time, while some can shrink due to water. It's wise to check her growth from time to time, to ensure the collar doesn't become too tight, causing discomfort or in the worst case, strangulation.
If you don't want to lose your cat, never assume that an indoor cat it's safe from getting. Thousands of cats are lost every year simply because they slipped out of the house unnoticed. Without a collar to reveal the owner's contact information, the return is much harder. Wearing a collar is effective even if your feline has a microchip, because a microchip has to be scanned first (specialized equipment needed) while a collar with identification tag quickly provides required reference for the finder.
|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).|