More Cat Care Information:
Cats are cute but kittens are cuter, so people get confused when it comes to selecting a pet between cats and kittens. Kittens are sweet little babies and are very attractive. But remember raising them up is not at all easy. It requires lots of patience, effort and time. If you don't have any of these then choosing an adult cat will be a better option.
|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.
In case of an adult cat, what you see is what you get. The cat's body type, eye color and coat, all are set. The cases of cat illness are comparatively less. Kitten proofing is not required for them.
Reasons for choosing an adult cat:
|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.|
- Less destructive and messy as compared to kittens
- No need of constant supervision
- Adult cats adopted from rescue organizations or a breeder are usually neutered or spayed
- Adult cats have better litter box habits
- More friendly with children
- Owners can have a sound sleep
Moreover you will get a good companion for yourself which is already trained. You will have enough of information about the cat diet, behavior and characteristics if you choose it from an animal shelter. This really helps in getting friendly with the cat. An adult cat can bond with you exactly like a kitten. But choosing an adult cat can become disadvantageous if you can't get its past records.
So whenever you decide of choosing an adult cat, try to collect all the relevant information. Internet can be a good source for the same. For an adult cat care, it is important to understand the environment and the lifestyle in which you want your cat to live.
|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).|