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Though the idea of your tiny kitten licking some ice cream may sound so fanciful, the truth is, ice cream is not good for them. A healthy diet for cats is in no way a diverse one and that does not leave any room for ice cream. Just save this icy and yummy treat for yourself. So if you are wondering, can cats eat ice cream, the short answer is no.

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.

If you are a cat owner, you have to make sure you provide your kitten with what it needs in terms of the food it eats. Do not take the risk of giving them anything that you think would be a delight for them but will actually cause them more harm than good.

Up until a small kitten is around two months old, you should not give them ice cream. In fact, she should not really be eating anything at all. The important nutrients your newborn kitten need to grow and develop healthily comes from the milk of her mother. This is true until the mother decides it is time to start the slow weaning process. But if the mother is nowhere near, you can instead bottle feed the cat.

Ice cream is a big no-no for cats because it is a dairy product containing cow's milk. Some people think that the milk they drink is okay for their cat to drink too but in reality, it can cause them some digestive problems. The only milk suitable and safe for kittens to drink is one coming straight from the mother.

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.

Kittens are like adult cats that are not capable of digesting milk properly. The same thing is true with other milk-based products. If you give your little kitten with some ice cream, she is likely to end up having major stomach ache and diarrhea. You don't want your cat to suffer from any of that. Although dairy is not toxic to cats, still it can lead to some unnecessary discomfort.

Bear in mind that dairy products do not just start and end with ice cream and milk. Any dairy product is taxing on the delicate system of your cat which includes cheeses, butter, sour cream and yogurt. You should not incorporate any of this in your cat's diet whether it is a small or adult cat. Generally, cats are lactose intolerant in all stages of their lives.

When putting a nutritious and appropriate dietary plan for your cat, ask for the opinion of your vet. Kittens do have specific nutritional requirements that are different from that of adults. Your vet may recommend you to prepare a diet that is rich in protein and full of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, niacin and thiamin. You also have to make sure always that you get dry and canned foods exclusively labeled for the consumption of your cat.

Keep your little kitty away from banana splits, ice creams and sundaes. These are some of the human food that you should not give your cat because it is not safe for them to take.

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 — 5:54 pm

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