More Cat Care Information:
|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, a domestic cat is very intelligent and fiercely independent creature. There can never be on a leash the dog track. They wondered what they want, such as food and play. And they will also reveal when they want to be left alone. Thus, the owner of a cat cannot expect their pet to do “work” for him.
Different type breeds of cats have different personalities. Some cats are quiet while others meowing all the time. Can you tolerate a cat meow almost every hour? Some cats are fussy and selective on the food you give them, while others eat almost anything. Can you afford the type of food your cat prefers? Some cats are not pet and being surrounded by strange people, while others exercise their claws if they are faced with someone they have not met before. Does your home or too many foreigners, are you alone most of the time? And some cats love to climb and buckle on the lap of their masters. But others prefer to be alone, watching television or listening to the radio. Are you the owner of a cat who loves to caress all the time?
|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.|
You will know when your cat is trying to attract your attention. It is always you, or meow, you follow him around his body or rubbing against your leg. You can also find out if your cat is comfortable or scared by the lifting of your cat. If the body is tense, then something is scaring the daylights out of it.
Personality and breed of cats will determine if the cat decides to sleep. Some, like being in isolated places where nobody can disturb. They like to lie in the cupboards and similar places. Other breeds of cats like to sleep in places where everyone converges. So they sleep in the center of the home, in the middle of the stairs and even on the couch, especially when there are guests.
Claws of cats very sharp. It is their nature, similar to wild cats such as lions, tigers, leopards and cheetahs. This May irritate the owner, especially if the cat decided to sharpen its claws on the couch. May consider the owner to give the spade a scratching post.
|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).|