More Cat Care Information:
Cat breeding cycle is very important to understand. As the trend of having a pet is gaining popularity, people are looking at it from business perspective. So it is important to understand the information from basics.
|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.
First of all keep it in mind that breeding is not carried out to have kittens for enjoyment sake. The kittens should be healthy. So cat care is very important. Treat the cat queen with great care during the cat pregnancy period. Take care of her nutrition, cat illnesses. Her delivery, post delivery care of the kittens is equally important. Then only you will be in a position to find a good home for the kitten.
Cat Breeding Cycle
When a female cat is ready to mate, it is commonly said that the female cat is on heat. At this time the behavioral changes are noticed in them are, they yell in loud cries to attract male. The cats stoop and crawl with shortened legs. The cats spray too.
Now the next indication of the breeding cycle is the female rubs herself against furniture or you. She raises the back portion of the body in air and generates the appealing noise.Some noticeable bodily changes are seen such as the external part of the genital organ gets swollen and some secretion is discharged through it.
It is observed that the outdoor cats undergo the mating cycle twice a year, i.e. spring and early fall season. In case of indoor cats, the mating season is noticed every few weeks throughout the year unless and until she is bred. Any one will find this fact quite amazing. The reason behind it is, the temperature at home is more or less same throughout the year and artificial light may resemble sunlight in spring and summer.
|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 the cat mating season is too frequent, it affects her health up to great extent as the cat will not eat during those days and will become considerably weak.
If the cat already has the kittens do not bred her immediately. If you do not want your queen cat to be pregnant at that particular time, then you have to impound her.
As far as male cats are concerned, it is not recommended to use a pet cat for mating. As they tend to fight and spray. If you still want to bread the male cat with the pet queen, then neuter the cat so that the strong smell of the urine is reduced.
Always remember one thing that does not breed unless and until you own fit and strong animals with ultimate breeding characteristics.
Age Factor for Cat Breeding
It is very important that the queen cat attains her adult size before breeding. If not all her energy is consumed into feeding the kittens and her growth is hampered. The required age for breeding is 18-24 months of her age. In case of male cats, the permissible age for breeding should be 18 months.
Health Check- ups Prior Breeding
Cat pregnancy is very important look out as the disorders in the parents get genetically transferred to the off springs. So it is recommended to carry out the check up for vaccinations, internal parasites. They should be free from ear mites, ring worms and fleas. Both the male and female cat should be tested for genetically transferred conditions such as poly cystic kidney disease, hip dysplasia, heart troubles etc.
|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).|