More Cat Care Information:
Few pets can be as adorable as kitties and it's so easy to fall in love with a tabby or a long-haired Persian cat. That's until you see them clawing on your antique Chinese drawer, your Venetian rug or your sofa upholstery. Some cat lovers may find this cute and won't mind the damage on their furnishings but most people don't and would promptly throw their cats out of the house. But that need not happen if you take the effort to invest on some basic pet accessories for your kitty.
|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.
Caring for your pet requires more than properly feeding them. It pays to read and learn about their instinctive habits and propensities to ensure you and your pet can live together in harmony. The next time you visit your pet store to purchase your routine cat supplies, you can get one of those luxury cat beds so you can train your kitty where to nap. There's one more indispensable accessory that can save your furniture. That's your cat scratching post.
|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.|
Scratching is an instinctive habit that cats do to mark their territory and path or to exercise their claws for more effective hunting. Feral or stray cats love to do it on tree barks but don't bother bringing a tree into the house, a cat scratching post will do. Your pet store carries them or you can just browse through online pet shops to know you have a choice of the standard pole type anchored on a solid base or an inclined surface. Sisal fabric never fails to entice cats to flex their claws on them and a pet scratching post is generally made of this material. Some are cedar wood which can be slightly more expensive.
Don't worry about them being oddities in your home interior. Get one tall enough to match your cat's height when standing and they are often designed to blend well as decorative pedestals with a top ledge that can accommodate a pot of plants, or your cat to sleep on.
|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).|