More Cat Care Information:
1. A cat will be able to locate its route for reaching home if you rubbed its claws with some butter.
|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.
People often think that this is an easy way to get their cat home, especially on shifting to a new house but this is not true. A better way that ensures for the cat to reach home is:
Keeping the cat confined to new home, allowing it to realize that the new place is its home and secure. The best option is to incorporate a microchip in cat's body so that even if it gets lost, you can most often locate its position. However, it is important to modify the information of changed address on the chip.
2. It is good to offer a bowl of milk to your cat.
Though most cats apparently relish a bowl of milk, many cats are unable to tolerate lactose contained in milk. Lactose upset their stomach leading to diarrhea which is not healthy in any case. You can get special varieties of milk for such cats.
3. A feminine cat should deliver kittens before getting prayed.
Cats are not eager to get pregnant. There isn't any medical reason for cats to deliver kittens before getting sprayed. In fact, it is realized that cats on getting sprayed prior to their first heat remain healthier.
4. A cat has nine lives.
|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.|
It may disappoint many but unfortunately, this is again untrue. It is believed that the myth was initiated because of a book authored by William Baldwin in 1553, wherein he noted down that a witch is allowed to seize body of her cat nine times.
5. The average life of a cat, whether indoors or outdoors, varies from one to three years.
Though no formal studies have been conducted to establish the age of cats, the Internet often suggests that figure, prompting people to keep their cats indoor for extending the life of their pet. It is interesting to know that a cat owner in the UK possesses five cats, all more than ten years in age and they have continued to enjoy remaining outdoors.
6. On getting pregnant, a woman should not be living with a cat.
Toxoplasmosis, which spreads through cats' feces, is the main reason cited for keeping pregnant women away from cats. You can certainly eliminate that risk by asking somebody else to remove litter tray and clean the same. It is always recommended to use gloves for doing gardening and wash and clean your hand prior to eating food.
7. You can prevent the cat from catching mice and birds on attaching some bells in it collar.
It is not difficult to guess the reasoning, as the prey would know of an approaching cat on hearing the bells. Latest research demonstrates that it might act the other way around too, meaning the cat become smarter and learns to attack its prey stealthily without causing the bell to ring.
|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).|