More Cat Care Information:
When it comes to cat supplies, people often make the mistake of purchasing items whose uses are limited to only decoration and beauty purposes. Since felines are very independent creatures, you might want to invest more on their protection while they are outside the safety of your own home. You should also think of the dangers on the streets that your pet may encounter, such as a speeding vehicle or sharp objects on the ground. Cats sometimes get lost, although it rarely happens. Though some of these possibilities are quite unusual, it would be best that you prepare for them. As the owner, it is your job to keep your pets safe at all times, no matter where they are.
|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.
1. Safety or Breakaway Cat Collars:
For felines that are very playful in nature, breakaway cat collars greatly reduce the chance of your pet getting hurt. It has two uses, one of which would be for identification purposes. The presence of these accessories around your animals neck is a sign that it has an owner. You wont have to worry about your pet being thrown into the pound. Another use is that it keeps the feline safe when it is playing outside. There have been many instances when a cat collars gets caught on a branch, and strangles the animal, which is trying to get free by pulling on the neck piece. This safety accessory is built to dislodge a mechanism automatically, which in turn releases the collar from the feline. This type of cat supplies is available at all animal shops nationwide.
|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.|
2. Name Tags and Microchips:
Another essential item that you should consider is a name tag on your cat collars. There is no need for you to purchase one if you are on a low budget, since custom-made materials are often very high-priced. If you are feeling creative, you can make your own identification card and have it laminated at a more affordable cost. Make sure that you include on the tag important details like your name, where you live, and your contact information. Update your pets card when necessary. This is so that you are informed in case of emergencies. If you are okay with spending more for your felines welfare, you may want to purchase a microchip, which can be attached to the collar, or injected into your cat directly.
Except for the microchip, all of these cat supplies are readily available for consumption. These attachments are very necessary for those who want to give their pets maximum safety and protection, whether at home or outside. Style and design are completely up to you.
|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).|