More Cat Care Information:
Usually, cats are seen as being lone creatures, independent, self-sufficient, mysterious and sometimes jaded and ignorant. Even most cat owners prefer a single cat in their home. What people don't know is that cats are not quite solitary. Of course, they don't have such strong bonds like wolves have, but they can live amicably in quite large communities.
|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.
Large cat communities are represented by feral cats who live in farmyards or large cities, such as Venice or Athens. The primary group unit is mother and her kittens. A few groups of this kind are able to build up a massive cat colony. When you see a cat on its own, it is almost always searching for food or patrolling its territory. Keeping competitors away is one of the main targets, besides food.
|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.|
If a solitary cat meets another one on its patrol, then a specific category of behaviour types occur. One cat can be dominant and the other one tries to avoid it, both of them try to avoid each other, or both of them can be dominant and confrontations occur. In a confrontation, cats may never make contact, they hiss and spit, arch their back in order to be more impressive, raise the hair of the fur, bristle their tale, vocalize aggressively, until one of them takes off. In a real fight, both cats can be wounded.
There is another type of solitary cat, the one who belonged to somebody but for some reasons, they ended up to live on the streets. They may be disoriented, but they are usually friendly and communicative, and this is why many of them don't stay very much there, as someone takes them home. Maybe because they have some glue attached, you just can't leave them.
|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).|