More Cat Care Information:
Wouldn't life be more splendid if your cat will stop rampaging in your garden? The first thing you have to do is to secure your fences. Since cats are inquisitive and cunning, even little gaps in your fences could be an opportunity for them to enter into your garden. Your cat is also lithe and agile so it can jump over fences. Mounting a taut wire over your fence is sensible since this will stop them from jumping over.
|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.
Once your cat enters your garden, it may be difficult to make it move out. However, there are methods to get it out of there. As we all know, dogs dislike cats so most people use dogs to scare away cats in the garden. Some breeds of dogs that are effective are Dobermans and Pit Bull.
If you do not have dogs around, squirting water towards the cat can frighten it away. A water hose and a bucket of water are the most basic things you need for this technique. If one squirt of water is not enough, do it again and again until it takes the hint. Aside from a bucket and a garden hose, you can also use a sprinkler. In a local hardware store, you can purchase a motion activated sprinkler that is also effective in driving out cats. A motion activated sprinkler can sense immediately movement and will sprinkle some water where it sensed movement. The sprinkler will be able to target your cat, squirt water at it and drive it away. When the cat is hit with water a couple of times, it will recognize that the garden is not the place for it.
|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.|
Your prized plants need protection from your cat as well. It may attempt to make your bed of roses its litter box. To solve this problem, set some moth balls among the plants. The scent of the moth balls can drive your cat away from the bushes. Aside from moth balls, aromatic oils like citronella, cayenne, lemon grass, mustard and lavender can also be used. Another repulsive odor for cats is tobacco.
Ultrasonic devices can also be used to prevent your cats from ruining your plants. The high frequency sounds emitted by these devices, which cannot be perceived by people, are annoying for cats. Some ultrasonic devices are cordless while some have infrared motion detectors. You have to consider the size of your garden when buying ultrasonic devices. Examine the product first and see if its range can cover your entire garden.
You can also use commercial repellents to rid the garden of cats. These repellents have a scent that cats hate. They are even effective to drive away other animals. Commercial repellents do contain chemicals, so be cautiousin using them because some of these chemicals can be dangerous to health. If your garden contains vegetable crops, it is wise to refrain from using commercial repellents.
Fences, water, sprinklers, dogs, ultrasonic devices and commercial repellents are just a few stuff that can aid you in preventing your cat from destroying your garden. Allowing your cats be in your garden is a no-no. Do your part and safeguard your garden.
|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).|