More Cat Care Information:
If you have a feline companion then it's your responsibility to protect them from fleas. Fleas are known for itching, and for that reason you might well be forgiven for thinking that they are just something of an irritation for your pet. However it's important to recognize that they are more than a mere irritation and can actually cause a lot more serious health problems for your kitty cat. First of all fleas can damage your cat's immune system meaning that they are more likely to be generally run down and more likely to suffer from various illnesses and diseases. This can then result in something severe, or it can just result in your cat acting depressed and low in energy. By treating the fleas you can generally improve their health. As your cat itches they can also break their skin, lose hair and generally irritate themselves to the point that they are likely to get an infection.
|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.
At the same time it's important to recognize that fleas can end up spreading so that they don't only affect your cat. It is possible for humans to get fleas and if you have young children around etc then it's your responsibility to protect them from fleas and other similar problems.
To this end it's very worthwhile investing in the leasing cat flea prevention brands. Recognize that prevention is always better than cure, and by using these products you can help give your cat the defences they need to fend off fleas.
|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.|
Normally to use these products all you need to do is to either apply some of the product to the back of your cat's neck, or to give them a small pill that they can take with their food. Encourage your cat to eat the tablets by just slipping them into their food, and be sure to look into the dosage your cat needs based on their weight and their age – getting this wrong can leave them feeling dopy and have other unwanted side effects.
The best cat flea prevention products will be the ones that are the fastest acting and the most thorough, and it's important that they don't only kill the fleas but also get rid of any eggs that might otherwise re-infest your cat. Read reviews online to find out which the best products are, and consult with your vet who can point you in the right direction. You should also be careful to monitor your cat once they have begun the medication. You are likely to find that different products are better for different cats, and you may find yours has an allergy t some brands.
As well as using the best products there are other steps you can take to prevent and kill fleas. For one you should make sure to give your cat a nutritious and complete diet with all of the minerals and vitamins included. This way you can keep your cat's immune system up to help them defend against the fleas and often fleas are a result of a malnourished cat. You should also be sure to vacuum your cat's bed and the carpets around your home – as fleas can survive in the carpet fibers.
|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).|