More Cat Care Information:
Caring for cats is something I have been proud to do my entire life and loved every second of it. Not only are they great fun to be around, its very rewarding watching them developing their own personalities not to mention learning all their likes and dislikes.
|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.
For me it has never, ever been a chore caring for cats, for me it has always been unconditional. If you treat them with love and respect then they will always respond in kind.
Caring For Cats should not begin when the cat enters your home but before you get them. I thoroughly recommend that you do as much reading as possible on cats prior to getting them. When you have done this regardless of your new friends age, all the necessities required should be available upon the cats arrival into your home. This includes the cat litter tray, cat litter, clean cat bowls, food, a cat carrier and comfy, warm bedding for the cat to sleep and maybe a couple of soft toys.
Cats have bad habits the same as us humans. When caring for cats, the main bad habit you will likely come across is their obsessive scratching.
|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.|
Cats love to scratch in order to stretch themselves or sharpen their claws and can do a lot of damage if not taken care of. I would strongly advise investing in a scratch post sooner rather than later as this will usually deter the cat from attacking your furniture, carpet, wallpaper and even your favorite curtains.
As again with humans, all cats have unique personalities and character traits. At the moment I have 2 domesticated cats, Albert and Lola and they could not be any more different from one another. Although both are very tame and affectionate, Lola (the female) is very timid around strangers. If she hears one raised voice on the television then she will scurry up the stairs for a place to hide, you have to work for her affections. With Albert (the male) it is the total opposite as he is a real people person and it does not take much for you to get his attention.
In conclusion, not in a million years is caring for cats an impossible task, they are very clean, independent animals and sometimes like to be left to their own devices, this is fine but never forget to do your research prior to getting your new pet, have the proper necessities required, give them all the love and attention needed and you will have a friend for life.
|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).|