More Cat Care Information:
There is a huge misconception when it comes to cats as a lot of people believe that they are vicious, sly and unfriendly creatures but in fact they are quite the opposite. Although independent at times, they can literally be described as purring furry balls of affection for the majority. Studies have shown that there are not only emotional benefits to keeping a cat there are health benefits too. These include calming and soothing benefits and the results are similar to the body's condition after a deep meditation session. Benefits for children also show higher self-esteem and improved social skills – this shows that not only are they a fantastic pet but are great for you also.
|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.
Cats are generally clean animals but if you are committing yourself to one of these feline friends then be sure to know this comes great responsibility. The essentials for a cat include the following:
- Cat Food and Bowls
- Litter Box
- Cat Collar
Cat Food and Bowls
Cats need a specific diet in order to remain happy and healthy and please note that it is extremely unhealthy to supply your cat with a vegetarian diet. In order to make sure that your cat does not gradually become ill you will need to supply them with a diet which includes a lot of meat. Also give your cat certain other vitamins and minerals and give them the odd treat to keep them content as it would be really beneficial to their health. Also provide your cat for a bowl for their dry food and one for their meaty food and clean it out once a day.
|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.|
If you choose to keep your cat indoors then make sure you provide them with a litter box and keep it well away from their food – this could make them refuse to eat. Train your cat from as young as a kitten by putting them in the litter box and as they get a little older they will go naturally. An easy way to clean the litter box is to use scoopable litter and scoop twice a day and thoroughly clean the box once a week to prevent germs and unwanted odours.
It is extremely important that you use a cat collar if you are planning to let your cat outside as they are prone to getting lost during their first few journeys – or later on if they take their adventure too far. A flea collar is beneficial. You should make sure that your name, address and phone number is clear on the collar so they can make their way home safely. If you are not planning on letting out your cat, exercise and keeping them entertained is an important factor.
Providing your cat with fresh drinking water at all times is imperative as they can potentially become seriously ill after just a couple of hours without. Be sure to give them a bowl to drink the water out of and DO NOT use milk as a substitute for water as the myths are not true.
If you take the time to spend quality moments with you cat it will reward you with a fantastic friendship for life. As they are independent animals they do need some time alone just like us humans and if you are out of the house provide some toys to play with to keep them active.
|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).|