More Cat Care Information:
If you own a cat you will know what a rewarding experience it can be. This article focuses on how you can keep your cat healthy and content on a daily basis. You might find it is easier to do than you may think.
|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.
How happy is your cat? Chances are you won't need to think too hard to find out the answer. Lots of purring normally tells you your cat is content and happy. If he rolls on his back for a tummy tickle, this is also a good sign – he trusts you and is happy in your company.
Of course life with a cat as a pet is about far more than just tummy tickles. It is important to know how to keep him happy and content on a regular basis. One important part of this process is to keep an eye on him to watch for any unusual behaviour. If a cat is poorly it is difficult to tell what is wrong. After all, he can't tell you. If he suddenly stops eating his Purina foodsfor example, you know there is a reason for it. He could have a bad tooth. It might be a simple stomach upset that will clear in no time and he'll be back to his pro plan cat food again. However it is a good idea to watch for anything out of the ordinary like this, so you can get advice from your vet as soon as possible.
|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.|
Another point worth thinking about is making sure your cat isn't bored. This is less likely to happen during better weather if your cat is able to go outdoors. He can spend all day running around to burn off energy, chasing after flies and enjoying the fresh air. You'll probably find he comes in to eat his Purina food in the evening before falling asleep for the rest of the night!
However if he isn't an outdoor cat you might run into problems in this case. There are times when he might end up bored and wanting to play, so it is important to have some toys around he will enjoy. Buy good quality toys so they don't hurt him in any way, and make sure you check them frequently for damage. Some of these toys are designed to make it more of a challenge to eat treats or pro plan cat foods, to slow him down when he eats. These are good fun but you should supervise him when he is playing.
Of course nothing beats playing with his owner. He will love stalking and chasing things, so try and buy a toy that has this in mind. A mouse on the end of a piece of string is a popular toy, especially if it has catnip in it. This is a great way to have some quality time with your cat, because you can both enjoy the process of playing together. Be sure you are quick though, otherwise he might pounce on you!
Nothing beats the experience of owning a cat. Part of the responsibility is to ensure he is always happy and as healthy as possible. Regular vet's visits are a good idea, but there is a lot you can do on a daily basis to help as well.
|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).|