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When you have a beloved dog or cat, that animal is a treasured part of your family. With your pet, just as with any family member, you want to make sure you provide the best medical care possible and you have a backup plan in case an emergency happens and expensive medical treatment is necessary. Wanting to provide for your pet and protect his or her future can lead to questions of whether purchasing pet insurance for your dog or cat is a smart choice.

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.

Is Pet Insurance a Smart Purchase?

Buying pet insurance for your dog or cat is typically a great investment. Your dog or cat has a number of different routine medical expenses, including annual vet visits, vaccines, flea and tick medication and other costs of maintaining routine health. Dogs and cats can also fall ill and need more costly medical care. For instance, your dog might need surgery as a result of eating something he isn't supposed to, or as a result of various medical conditions such as bloat.

Dogs and cats can be affected by cancer and need surgery or chemotherapy, and dogs and cats could suffer from a number of different injuries and illnesses ranging from diabetes to arthritis. All of the costs of these more serious illnesses can total in the thousands of dollars- a crippling amount for most people's budgets.

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.

Unfortunately, this can put you in a terrible situation where you are left with the choice of either going seriously into debt or euthanizing a trusted and beloved family member who could perhaps have been saved through medical intervention.

Why Buy Pet Insurance?

Pet insurance can help you to make sure that you have the costs of caring for your pet covered. When you buy pet insurance, you will never have to make the choice between saving your pet or saving your wallet. Instead, you will know that you have protected your furry family member against future catastrophic medical illness, just as you protect your other human family members by buying health insurance.

When you purchase health insurance, you may be able to choose between either all-inclusive coverage that pays bills for routine visits and medical care as well as for serious illnesses, or you may choose catastrophic coverage that pays out only in an emergency situation. The flexibility associated with pet insurance plans allows you to decide on the level of protection that you want. This means that everyone can find a pet insurance plan that fits within their budget and protects their canine or feline companion.

Your pet places his or her trust in you and depends upon you for all of the care he needs. This includes medical care. Your pet likely enriches your life significantly, watches over your family and home and brings joy to your days. Buying pet insurance allows you to give back to your pet and to make sure you never have to say no to life-saving medical care for your animal. It is a small cost for big peace of mind.

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 — 5:54 pm

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