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.
As a pet owner, you should get your cat spayed or neutered, as what many other pet owners do. There is a big difference between a spayed and an un-spayed cat. You should not be the unfortunate owner of an un-spayed cat for you will surely encounter many problems. Recently, regulations would require animals to be spayed before adoption.
Here are the reasons:
1. The biggest problem among cats is that they easily multiply. Their population is growing increasingly fast which resulted to unwanted kittens that can no longer be taken cared of. There are just not enough people who can look after them. This is due to the uncontrolled reproduction habits of un-spayed female cats.
2. Unwanted and homeless cats pose a threat to other animals in the environment, especially birds and rodents. When they still grow uncontrolled, this may cause an even more severe damage to the environment.
|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.|
3. If you do not want your cat to be overly active in mating, you should have her spayed. This will also stop her from getting into unlikely behavior that accompanies heating.
4. For un-spayed male cats, they might be more daring when it comes to mating and they might wander off to look for the right mate. This could be a reason why you might lose your cat.
5. Spayed or neutered cats are more protected from feline diseases such as mammary cancer, pyometra, and prostate cancer which are dangerous diseases. If you have an aging female cat, you should make sure that she will get spayed or else she might have higher chances of bearing a dangerous pregnancy.
6. Spayed cats are tamer towards their owners. If you want to improve your relationship with your cat, you should have her spayed. Moreover, you will also be spared from dealing with your cat's untoward behavior during mating season.
7. Having your cat spayed or neutered only requires little cost. If you are lucky enough, you might even find free services.
Your cat will be more relaxed when mating and she will also be in the best of health. So you see, neutering your pet will do her a lot of good.
|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).|