More Cat Care Information:
Dogs are not allowed to eat a number of nuts. Luckily for cats, nuts are not so dangerous though excessive consumption of nuts may lead to minor side effects or discomfort. But these are not alarming enough to warrant a trip to your vet.
|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.
Nuts have high fat content and that can be a problem if your cat suddenly decides consuming a large quantity of nuts, regardless of the type. The main reason for this is that high-fat foods may cause upset stomach and may lead to vomiting as well as diarrhea. Excessive amount of fat on a regular basis may cause pancreatitis in cat. It is a serious inflammation of the pancreas. In extreme cases, it can result to kidney failure and if not treated immediately can be fatal. While a small amount of nuts won't cause much damage, it is best not to risk it.
Since most packed nuts are salted, you might also worry about sodium excess if your cat is eating nuts. The ASPCA pointed out that excess salt can cause sodium ion poisoning. Depending on the amount of salt your cat consumed and on its age and weight, the symptoms may vary ranging from vomiting to tremors and seizures to death.
|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.|
While Macadamia nuts are extremely dangerous to dogs and can affect their nervous systems or cause tremors, swollen limbs as well as gastrointestinal distress, there are no data about whether or not this type of nut is dangerous to cats. However, it is better to be safe than sorry so you should keep those Macadamia nuts out of your cat's reach.
Other Foods Dangerous to Cats
There is an alarmingly high number of human and snack foods that are not suitable to cats. Aside from nuts, you should not give your cat raisins because they were found to cause kidney damage. You should also avoid giving them chocolates that contain caffeine and theobromine. These are two compounds that are toxic to cats. Also, keep your cats away from mushrooms or anything that contains onions or garlics. Any food that is high in sugar should not be given to your cat because they can cause unpredictable levels of problems.
Before giving your cat with anything such as nuts, you should first examine carefully if they won't cause any harmful effects to their health. You want to take care of your cat and provide them proper nourishment and that involves doing a research first whether or not they should be given with something.
|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).|