More Cat Care Information:
Cats had a great impact upon the symbolism of great cultures, due to their appearance, their independency, their playful behavior or fight abilities. Cats have been seen from different points of view by different cultures.
|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.
The ancient Egyptians worshiped cats as gods, as they believed that their soul will inhabit cats after death and they had a special symbolism in their culture related to cats. They gave cat a human-like form, worshiping it as Bastet, the cat goddess.
In medieval Europe, cats were regarded as keeping a malefic seed, being witches' companions and devil's tool. The Church commanded that all black cats ought to be killed and therefore, the evil seed on earth be eliminated. Cat's nocturnal behavior, characterized by the reflection of light from its retina in the dark and its amazing speed also this conception.
|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.|
Wildcats also have symbolic attributes in various cultures on the globe. For example the indigenous South American people thought that the jaguar was a sacred beast and believed that its eyes were windows into the spirit world, also having the ability to reflect the future.
Some cultures belief that black cats bring good luck, others believe that they bring misfortune. In some cultural areas, cat representations are used as talismans or mascots. For example, in Japan, Maneki-neko, the “beckoning cat”, has a good symbol of attracting good fortune.
Cat's qualities put it into limelight in some cultural traditions, symbolizing liberty, as cats are very independent, cleanliness, courage, stealth, strength and so on. The strong maternal instinct made cat become the symbol of fertility and maternity, while white cats depict purity.
|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).|