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Having pets at home is always fun. Those who pet animals also consider them as an integral part of the family. They feed them top quality food and take good care of them just like their own kids. Cats and dogs are the two most common animals that people like to pet. Where dogs are more sensible and obedient, cats on the other hand like to depend on the owners for literally everything. If you pet a cat and want to make sure that it doesn't stay hungry in your absence, then you have to buy an automatic cat feeder. Cat owners are thankful to the person who invented this product because these simple yet highly effective devices have made things a lot easier for cat owners. The market is flooded with automatic cat feeders, so if you are planning to buy one, then you have to keep these below-mentioned five things in mind. You will certainly avoid wasting your time and money if you pay attention to these five points.

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.

1. Top quality is not always depicted by the higher price

We usually believe that a pricey product are the ones that have the top-notch quality, but that's not always the case. When it comes to automatic cat feeders, there are many available, which are quite cheap, yet offer the best solution for you and your cat. You should not include the price of the product as a buying criterion.

2. The operation of automatic pet feeders differs with the pellet size

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.

Automatic cat feeders will not be able to determine as to what should be the pellet size and how do you want your cat to eat. There are many feeders that come with small kibbles, as they are manufactured with a roller and baffle system. This permits the device to push the food out in lesser quantity. Some automatic feeders operate with a screw system to push the food. Their operation is better because the food is released in small and specific quantity due to big pellet sizes.

3. Give your pet some time with the this product

It is not right to buy an automatic cat feeder just a few days before you leave for an outing. You have to allow your pet to get accustomed to the device. If you buy the device in a hurry, then there is a huge possibility that your cat will not eat food from the feeder. Your cat needs at least three weeks to understand that the food will be provided by the feeder, not you.

4. Cats are extremely versatile

When you are feeding your cat on your own, then you can control how much your cat will eat, but that's not the case with automatic cat feeders. Cats are smart and they will find a way to get extra food from the feeders. Your cat can also break into the cat feeder in order to get the food. So, you have to find a way to ensure that your cat doesn't get any extra food and also, doesn't break the feeder.

5. Some automatic cat feeder brands offer less than the normal warranty

When buying a cat feeder, do check for the warranty that the company is giving to you. It should be at least a year or so, otherwise don't buy the product. What if the product malfunctions after four months of use, and the warranty given by the company was just for three months? You will have to send the product for repairing and also pay the full repairing cost or you have to get a new device.

So, keep these things in mind while buying a cat feeder.

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 — 5:52 pm

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