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If there is any animal that has caught the imagination of millions across the globe, then it will be the lion, the king of the cats. Striding majestically across the African grassland with a mane showing off all its raw strength and unchallenged power, the lion is truly the king. One of the four largest animals in the cat genus, the lion (Panthera leo) is second only to the tiger in terms of size. Found mainly in the sub-Saharan parts of Africa and Asia (especially the Indian subcontinent where it is limited to the famed Gir Forest National Park). In the times past, its range was larger than this but has shrunken over time due principally to human activities.
|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.
The typical lion lives for a decade or more on the average but records indicate that those that have been captured from their natural habitat and kept in zoos or other forms of captivity actually lived longer. One very interesting feature with the lion is that unlike many of the other cats, it is actually a very gregarious animal found in groups called prides.
|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.|
In the pride of lions, it is quite normal for one to notice more females (lionesses) than the number of males. It is also usual for one to notice that hunting is predominantly done by teams of female lions who can be spectacularly aggressive and protective of the young ones (cubs). In their natural habitat of savannas and grasslands, lions normally prey on large, hoofed animals such as the buffalo and wildebeest which interesting can be several times larger than the lion themselves. In some other instances, lions have also been known to pick on giraffes, zebras, ostriches, antelopes and even hippopotamuses or elephants in very audacious moves which may sometimes spell disaster for the lion or both parties.
One very peculiar feature with the lions is that they mainly sleep and relax throughout the day and become very active at night. In other words, the predatory nature of lions is described as nocturnal. However, there are some other times when lions are much more active during the day as against the night. This variation is described as diurnal i.e. active during the day.
The mane is the most definitive feature of the lion. It is the bushy growth of hair around the neck which grows larger during threat displays and territoriality. The mane make the lion look bigger and even more threatening than usual. The color of the mane is also used in determining the health status of the lion, the darker and fuller the mane, the healthier the lion. A diseased lion can be spotted by taking a closer look at the mane of the appearance.
In Africa where the lions are predominantly located, the spotted hyena is the main animal hunted down by these carnivorous cats. When going for hunts, lions form a pack and attack in groups so that the chances of an escape of the prey is considerably reduced. But it is quite interesting to know that lions can only enjoy short bursts of high speed and get tired easily.
|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).|