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A kitten comes into your home and your life is about to change forever. Looking after a kitten in the first few days can be a daunting task but filled with lots of laughter. You will find that you watch your kitten playing and running around instead of your favourite television programme. There are only three golden rules to abide by to keep your cat happy throughout his or her life:

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.

* First you need to take her to the local veterinary surgeon for a general medical check up and her vaccinations every year.

* Secondly, you need to make sure she has a cat bed and a litter tray inside and outside your home.

* The third golden rule is to make sure the pet diet that you feed your kitten is well balanced.

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.

Taking the time to ensure she has a high standard of cat nutrition will help in keeping her in good health. The cat family, large and small, are carnivores and they love to eat meat although in their natural habitat they are able to feed themselves. Cat nutrition in the wild is easy as a cat will eat the meat first, followed by bones and other organs to keep their pet diet in good order.

Selecting quality cat nutrition is easy as it is similar to the good nutrition that is recommended for humans. Good protein, low fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and a little salt is required from food ingredients for your pet. Diet and portion size is the main consideration when your kitten grows into an adult cat. A kitten will need two or three small amounts of pet food with plenty of water every day until she reaches adulthood. Adult cats do not require as much food as a kitten. At Hills Pet Weight Management we have cat food that is balanced for a healthy 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).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:37 pm

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