More Cat Care Information:
We must take into account the type of food we give our cats, as there are a number of foods that are extremely dangerous for them. Below we will list the main toxic foods or discouraged for the cat.
Chocolate is highly toxic to cats and dogs, contains the bromine which is a toxic substance taken in excess, (80 – 100 gr. Of chocolate consumed per kilo of animal, the consequences can be fatal) causes rapid heartbeat, diarrhea, vomiting, systemic failure, coma and death can result. In animals the bromine very slowly eliminated from your body so if the animal ingests chocolate continuously, even small amounts, never remove the substance and when it comes to the amount that is toxic to your body would cause intoxication. The black chocolate contains much more amount of the bromine.
|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.
it is often said that the cat is to give milk, but is another of the old myths about cats. The cat's digestive system after being weaned, start not tolerates lactose. So never give cat milk can cause diarrhea, vomiting and other digestive problems.
Bone and bones
the bones, especially poultry, splinter very easily and that can cause tears and esophageal and intestinal obstruction, as happens with fish bones.
Salted meats and sausages
Salted meats have a higher salt concentration than the cat's body can accept and can cause severe hypertension and systemic problems. The addition of salt meats contains a high amount of fat that could provoke pancreatitis.
|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.|
Alcohol causes a lot of toxicity in animals, urinary incontinence and more problems. A large amount of alcohol can cause death of the animal.
Onions, shallots, leeks and garlic
it is very toxic to dogs and cats. Contains substances that remove the red cells of the blood and cause hemolytic anemia and the results can be fatal.
it contains much fat, especially pulp, could cause serious stomach problems and pancreatitis.
Caffeine is a stimulant of the nervous system in an animal's reaction is much higher and, like chocolate, it causes serious nervous system disorders and heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea and even death.
Tuna human consumption
the tuna itself is not a toxic product for the cat, what happens that lacks turbine, an essential amino acid necessary for the proper functioning of the heart, sight and many more organs. If tuna is given routinely to provide this essential amino acid not ultimately has serious heart problems. In the cat there are cans of tuna that were previously added turbine.
Raisins and grapes
they can cause kidney failure.
Products sweetened with xylitol sugar and
Sweetened products are harmful to animal health and xylitol products are toxic.
containing salt or not, are totally discouraged in animals, causing kidney failure, vomiting, diarrhea and digestive problems.
In addition to containing the parasite called Anisakis, which only removes cooking it or very low temperatures; it also contains an enzyme that causes vitamin B in the body.
|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).|