More Cat Care Information:
A pet makes a family home complete. Causing less mess than a dog when it is house trained, a cat doesn't make as much noise. So that a pet is happy, there are many accessories which their owner should buy. By selecting a supplier that has a wide range of pet accessories online in Malaysia, a cat owner will have many to choose from and they won't be restricted to what they could buy. So, what should a cat owner have or consider buying?
|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's nails can get very long. When sat on a person's lap and their claws extend, this can be painful and a cat can be pushed off. Although it is able to clean its fur, it cannot cut its nails. When an owner has a nail cutter, they can do this for them. Although a cat might be confused as to what is happening, at least their nails will be cut to a reasonable length.
Kittens and older cats love to play with toys. Along with those which have catnip, a toy that makes a noise can also be purchased. When this type of toy is bought, a cat of any age will love chasing after it.
|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.|
A popular cat supply is a bowl which their food or water is put in. When a large cat bowl is purchased, it will be able to reach every bit of food. They will also be able to drink every drop of water or milk. Kittens should have a smaller bowl because their stomach cannot store a lot of food or water whereas the opposite applies for adult cats because their stomach can handle more. Both a plastic and a ceramic bowl can be purchased and, by choosing a supplier that has many such cat accessories in their catalogue, there will be plenty to pick from.
Flea treatment should be purchased for a cat. When fleas are kept under control, it won't be irritated. Its owner won't be bitten either because their home isn't infested. By purchasing flea treatment which is applied on a weekly or monthly basis, the number of fleas which it has can be maintained.
A cage can help an owner and a cat simultaneously. When it is ill and needs to be taken to a veterinarian to find out what is wrong with them, they can be safely transported there in a cage. By choosing a large cage, a cat won't get claustrophobic. Furthermore, they won't get scared either as they aren't in a small space.
|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).|