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Knowledge of cat care becomes vital if you posses a cat as pet. Special treatment is required when it comes to cat illness, nurturing, feeding, vaccination or neutering. More over if your cat is pregnant you have to work harder. There are various stages of cat pregnancy and at every stage the requirement of nutrition changes.

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.

A cat remains pregnant generally for 62 to 67 days or around 9 to 10 weeks. Consult a veterinarian if the gestation period exceeds the time frame.

Here is a brief description regarding various stages of cat pregnancy.

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.
  • 1st week: In the first week fertilization takes place and the fertilized egg move towards the uterus.
  • 2nd week: In the uterus the fertilized eggs gets implanted. Here the eggs start growing as embryos.
  • 3rd week: In the third week “pinking” (or rosiness and swelling) of the nipples can be noticed. The mammary gland has started to grow.
  • 4th week: During this week the cat may not feel good. If it is vomiting a number of times in a day, take it to a veterinarian.
  • 5th week: Now the babies have grown to the size of a walnut. A veterinarian can count the number of babies in the womb.
  • 6th week: The babies have grown and so is the food requirement of mother cat. Cat now needs good quality food. Quantity of food also increases with respect to what it was before pregnancy.
  • 7th week: The size of the womb increases.
  • 8th week: Now if you touch the cat's belly, you can easily feel the small kittens inside it. The requirement of water grows during this period.
  • 9th week: In the ninth week the mother starts refusing food. Cat diet decreases during this period. This indicates that the time of birth is very close. Within 24 to 48 hrs the litters should start arriving.
  • 10th week: If still the babies have not arrived then take your cat to a good veterinarian to avoid any complications.

Now as you know the various stages of cat pregnancy, you can calculate the period when the delivery can occur. In case you have to assist your cat's birthing process stay prepared. Always have your veterinarian's number nearby. Keep clean towels cut into squares. Large towels will be needed for the nesting box. Keep sterile gloves, gauze and scissors. Ear bulb syringe will be needed to clean the mucous. Also keep hot and cold water in clean bowls.

After the various stages of cat pregnancy are over, it is very exciting to see the cat giving birth to kittens. But this happiness brings lots of responsibility along with it. After the birth of the kittens keep feeding the mother cat with good cat food. Give her plenty of water. Her feedings must increase from 3 times to 5 times a day. Feed her in small quantities and take good care of the new family.

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).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:47 pm

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