More Cat Care Information:
Once you've started looking around for holistic treatment for your cat, it's a natural sequel to think about holistic cat food.
|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.
There's a saying that currently people have never been so well fed, but so under nourished. As this is a direct result of poor farming methods as well as bad dietary advice, it's no less true for your cat as it is for you.
Changing over the diet of your cat to a more natural one, will not only benefit him, but your pocket too. Because your cat is healthier on this diet, you'll have fewer visits to your preferred cat health professional.
But what exactly am I talking about?
Well, an holistic cat food is one which so closely resembles a wild cat's diet, as to be in the same league as far as health is concerned.
You'll probably be relieved to know, I'm not suggesting you go out and catch mice. What I'm asking you to do is to consider the diet of a wild cat and then be mindful in duplicating it as closely as you can, within the framework of readily available food and the constraints on your time.
Actually, I've already done that for you, so you don't have to do all the hard work. I just want you to know the reasons behind feeding your cat an holistic diet to ensure better health and longevity.
It's worth remembering that cats have evolved on a wild diet over millions of years, and are extremely healthy on it. Otherwise they would have died out.
So trying to duplicate nature's bounty for your cat is the best way to ensure his good health and longevity.
Providing an holistic cat food isn't difficult once you've opened up your mind to the idea of it. Isn't that always the biggest hurdle? Once you're open to the idea the rest, as they say, is easy. With a bit of guidance from someone who has made all the mistakes 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.|
A quality, balanced holistic cat food:
- will provide your cat with all his nutritional requirements.
- will make your cat content and much less interested in hunting – hunting domestic cats usually means they are lacking nutrients in their current diet and they're trying to redress that
- is free from chemical residue, such as preservatives and colour, which cats are so sensitive to
- contains no synthetic vitamins or minerals – which are difficult to absorb and utilise so tend to be excreted
- is raw and so contain all the enzymes and other nutrients lost in cooking
Holistic cat food contains only naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, in a balanced and whole food form. You know, you shouldn't need to supplement your cat's food. All the necessary nutrients should come from the food, and in the wild, they do.
But, because modern farming methods cut corners in quality to boost quantity (and so profit), the resulting foods are often poor in nutrients. So supplementing becomes necessary.
Most supplements on the market today are isolated nutrients. In nature, nutrients are always found with other nutrients that they co-depend on. For example, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium must be in the natural balanced ratio and need vitamin A and D to be properly utilised. Iron, copper and cobalt co-depend on each other. And so on.
In addition to the isolation, most modern supplements are synthetic. Synthetic nutrients aren't easily absorbed or utilised by the body. And you can overdose on synthetic nutrients more easily than on natural ones, which the body knows how to deal with.
Holistic cat food, on the other hand, is easily absorbed and utilised by your cat. The supplements are a whole food, and are nutrient dense. This means all that is needed is readily absorbed.
It is not time consuming to provide this diet, if you follow my easy feline dietary advice, It's simply a question of being aware of certain pitfalls. It may take you and your cat a while to work things out, but it's well worth it for the huge benefits which follow.
|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).|