More Cat Care Information:
Your pet cat has sat patiently looking out of the kitchen window as you have painstakingly put together the luxurious expensive cedar outdoor cat enclosure near the back door of your home. Having taken steps to ensure the walls of the small upstairs compartment area where your feline will sleep in comfort have been properly insulated with styrene foam and the cat flap properly installed it is time to decide on what type of heating should be installed.
|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.
|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.|
In extreme cold weather conditions a heated pad especially manufactured and designed for felines is one of the safest and most cost effective methods of giving your cat a warm and snug atmosphere during the cold weather. These energy efficient outdoor use electric heating pads come in different sizes and can be purchased online. Generally, a heated pad in a heated outdoor cat house only needs to cover half or a third of the floor space in the as this will allow your cat to move off the pad when it wishes if it becomes too hot. To meet safety standards the instructions on how to connect these pads to the indoor power source that come with these pads will need to be strictly followed at the time of installation.
Having an outdoor cat house heated can be expensive but you will have peace of mind knowing your felines are safe and warm in their cat house while it is freezing cold outside. There are of course other heating options available to consumers such as thermostatically controlled AC/Heater units. These units are also very economical to use and have the added benefit of not only heating your cat house but also providing cool air for your cat during the hot months of summer. If this type of heating is used it is vital to have the interior of the cat house where the unit is installed insulated properly as this will help to keep the cost of running the unit down.
|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).|