More Cat Care Information:
As you have already decided, or are thinking seriously about, providing your cat with homemade cat food, I want to congratulate you!
|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.
This is the first huge step anyone can make in re-establishing the health of their cat.
But you do need to be aware of the pitfalls. You do need to ensure that you are providing Fido with all the essential nutrients for a healthy body. That's not all. You need to ensure Fido's mind is equally healthy.
Like it or not, your cat evolved by killing and eating small animals, up to about their own size. When making your own homemade cat food, you need to keep this firmly in mind.
By preventing them from killing their own dinner, you are removing something very important in Fido's life, so you have to try to compensate for this, as much as you can.
Unless Fido is a working cat, keeping mice or rat numbers down, I'm sure you don't really like to see him hunt.
How do you provide him with such a good and adequate diet that he really just can't bothered to hunt?
First of all, you look to nature for the answers.
Since a wild cat tends only to eat what he has just killed, this immediately tells us four things:
- he likes his food fresh
- he likes his food raw
- he likes his food warm
- he likes bones with his meal
That's a bit of a contradiction, isn't it? Raw, but warm?
|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.|
Surely you need to cook the food to kill off any worms or bacteria?
What about bones? Won't they splinter and get caught up in his gut which will require expensive and distressing veterinary surgery to remove?
You know, there's a lot of misleading information about the best food for cats, 'out there'. Most of it comes from pet food manufacturers or those who sell or promote it, so have a vested interest in it.
In my opinion, you can't improve on nature. So when making your own homemade cat food, try to stick as close to a natural diet as you can.
You can't duplicate it, but you can come close.
While kittens will have no trouble adapting to eating a healthy homemade cat food, adults who have got used to the appetite stimulants in most processed food, can have a hard time adapting.
You will probably get a lot of accusing looks, turning his head away in disgust, walking away, turning his back on you, pawing the food as if to bury it, the works, during the transition period and you will feel a really nasty, uncaring cat person – rest assured Fido will make you feel that way! However, you do need to persevere for his sake.
He will come round. You just need to stick at it longer than he does… Trust me, he won't starve himself!
Homemade cat food, is without a doubt, the healthiest food you can feed your cat, as long as you follow nature's laws. You can restore good health in an ailing cat, you can keep your cat healthier, longer.
You have made the first giant step forward in considering a homemade cat food. The next step is in working out what the best one is.
I wish you every success!
|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).|