More Cat Care Information:
Usually, a cat owner can make out what their pet is trying to tell them. It doesn't mean they have learnt the language of cats and comprehend what meow, mew or marrowy means. They just make out the body language of their pet.
|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 significant aspect of owners' relationship with cat is acquaintance with their pet. On making very frequent contacts with the cat, both, the owner and the pet discover different facets of behavior of each other. For instance, when you decide to relax reading your preferred book, your cat can assess what it should do then. It would sit above your book and init on getting petted.
The cat learns where various items are located at home through routine and repetition. That's how it signals you whenever it needs any of those items. If you regularly store your cat's food in a particular cupboard, she becomes aware of that and accesses that cupboard on feeling hungry but depends on you for opening its door and offering food in a bowl. This is how a dependable blueprint of body language gets developed.
It is quite likely for the cat to meow while sitting next to the cupboard. It might also stroke your leg if you are standing next to its point of food and it may intensify it meow.
|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 cat also give you a signal when want to go outdoor or come indoor. It is likely to approach you and go back to the entrance that you generally use. Or it may just sit there and ogle at the entrance in anticipation of getting the gate opened magically, allowing it to go outdoors and enjoy some freedom. It is not unusual for some cats to even stand on their rear legs and try opening the door by rotating its knob with their paws in an effort to open the door on their own.
Understanding body language of your cat can be difficult but there are signs to help you realize what it is trying to convey. The mot important sign is a departure from routine.
For instance, you may always find your cat at one particular end of the bed as the clock sounds the alarm in mornings, but morning you may not find it at its regular spot. On searching for it, you find it underneath the coffee table or bed. You find it strange but don't really bother about it. Later, it dawns upon you that it's not the usual habit of your cat.
Routine of a cat is very significant. Some of the normal routines may include such activities as traveling from one corner of your work table to her bowl, jumping to her pet windowsill and watch moving traffic. If you find your cat doing something that is not normal, it is the initial indication that something has gone wrong, a slight clue that a number of pet owners fail to notice initially.
A strong relationship is the key
You need to observe body language of your cat for a long time. Nobody knows your cat better than you. None can make out what it wants. Only you can find out what it requires on observing the signals it sends out.
|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).|