More Cat Care Information:
Cats have unique and special needs that have to be catered to. Certain details need to be kept in mind while feeding a cat, these details are will be addressed in this article.
|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.
Before we get into more details, we will talk you through cat needs and their habits. This will help you understand 'what to feed your cat' better.
A cat's sense of taste is not highly developed. As a matter of fact cats have even fewer taste receptors than dogs. A dog has 1706 taste receptors while a cat has only 473!
While their taste buds are not highly developed, cats can detect bitterness with great sensitivity than dogs. This allows them to recognize and avoid bitter tasting toxic elements. Salty flavours are as easily detected as sour flavours are.
Sweets are not easily detected by cats. This is due to certain acid taste receptors on the surface of the tongue that prevent them from getting any sweet taste.
In the wild, cats eat up to 20 meals a day, even when domesticated, cats retain this habit. You should access the daily portions and adapt it to your cat's lifestyle and physiology in order to avoid any risk of obesity.
No matter how well you feed your cat, he will always enjoy hunting, which is a beneficial activity for your cat's health and well-being.
|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.|
Packaged or Homemade?
Giving cats the food we eat is not an appropriate diet. Cats require certain essential nutrients, but it is difficult to incorporate all these essential nutrients in your cat's food when you're cooking it at home. Royal Canin's cat food contains all the essential nutrients and is suited according to the breed and age of your cat. Moreover, studies have shown that cats generally prefer processed food to homemade food.
Misconceptions about feeding ratified!
The very popular misconception about cats is that they should be given milk as a meal. Contrary to popular belief, cats are actually lactose intolerant. Only kittens can digest milk, adult cats cannot.
Unlike we see in movies and cartoons, cats do not prefer fish to meat. In comparison to dogs, cats are strict carnivores but they still need other food besides meat.
Meat especially beef has many benefits in store for your cat. Meat (especially beef) contains certain amino acids that prevent excessive fur loss, brittle appearance and slow regrowth of hair.
Cats are at extremes when it comes to the texture of the food. They prefer extremely moist foods, as pieces of food rather than mousse, as well as very dry foods.
Smell plays a very important role in determining the kind of food your cat will eat. Their desire to eat the food is stimulated by their acute sense of smell.
Healthy eating makes for a healthy cat! So, begin now!
|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).|