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Parasites are harmful single cell micro organisms. If the cat becomes a victim of a parasitic attack, it puts the cat into great misery. If you are a cat owner, you should be aware of the basic cat care. Some of the things you should know are as follows:

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.
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  • Information regarding various diseases found in cats like information on the internal parasites found in cats
  • How to groom a cat and its exercise schedule

It is fun to see your cat growing. As you start understanding its body language, you will be able to understand if something goes wrong as far as the health of the cat is concerned.

Symptoms of Internal Parasites

  • It suffers from diarrhea
  • It will eat grass
  • Lack of energy
  • Weight loss
  • Skin blots with dry dandruff
  • Dull hair coat
  • Coughing and vomiting
  • Anemia
  • Dehydration

Types of Internal Parasites in Cats

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.
  • Roundworms: Tapeworms are the intestinal parasites that are 3 to 5 inch long, which eat the cat's intestine. The eggs of the tapeworm are excreted along with the cat's feces. The cat becomes a victim, if it eats these eggs or the rodents who have ingested the eggs with larvae still existing in their tissue. The kittens are exposed to roundworms because they feed on the mother's milk, which is infected due to the presence of roundworms.
  • Hookworms: Hookworms are an inch long and are found in the cat's intestine. The larvae penetrate through the skin, or they are ingested by the cat. They hook themselves in the intestine. The kittens are exposed to hookworms through infected mother's milk. Cleanliness and maintaining good hygiene is one of the ways to control hookworm infection.
  • Tapeworms: Tapeworms in cats are long flattened worms that attack the cat's intestine. They look like rice or sesame seeds. They do not lead to significant diseases in cats. Good medicines are available for eradication of tapeworms.
  • Whipworms: Whipworms are not commonly observed in cats. They also reside in the intestine but do not cause much harm.
  • Stomach Worms: The roaming cats become the victims of stomach worms as they eat vomit of the infected cat. Many a times, there are no noticeable signs for this infection. Preventing the cat from eating other cat's throw up is the best you can do to control the infection.
  • Isospora sp./Coccidia: Coccidia are single cell internal parasites that cause coccidiosis to every cat in its lifetime. The cats are infected due to ingestion of cyst that is passed through feces. It is more problematic in kittens as it destroys the internal lining of the intestine and causes diarrhea with mucous contains.

If your cat is suffering due to the parasitic attack, it feels restless. Damage of its intestine can happen too. Grooming, immediate medication and cleaning up the pets droppings will contribute a lot to maintain a playful and a healthy cat.

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).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:45 pm

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