More Cat Care Information:
Cat food reviews are extremely helpful resource for any pet owner who is puzzled by the so many choices available in the market.If you want to ensure the health of your pet, you should be careful about the choice you make when it comes to their meal.
|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.
Good food nutrition is important for your cat's health. It does not matter what type of meal you want to give your pet, whether dry, wet or homemade. What's more important is to ensure the it is healthy, nutritious and suited for the age and weight of your cat. Kitten food is not the same as adult cat food. Kittens should have a diet that can promote healthy development and growth.
Protein which can come in the form of meat, fish, eggs or poultry is a vital component of food that can help in keeping them healthy. However, many canned foods which are labeled to contain meat, chicken or fish have to be checked carefully as to the amount of that ingredient and what it is comprised of. There are some food manufacturers which include crushed bone and offal as part of the percentage of such ingredient.
|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.|
With canned or wet foods, you also pay for the water and cereals to bulk the food out. In most cases, the cheaper the cat food is, the less quality your poor cat gets. If you don't cook the food you give your cat, it is worth to pay a little extra knowing your cat gets the proper nutrients. It evens out as cats will have to eat less of the expensive cat foods to stay healthy. There are a lot of single serve packets though, that are available in the market which are sometimes better than the canned variety.
Cats require variety in their food, just like humans. They also get sick of the same meal or food over again. It is good to change your cat's meal from time to time. Give her dry food for two to three times weekly and a variety of canned foods for the rest of the week. Unless Kitty is on a strict diet, dry food and a bowl full of fresh water should always be available so she can graze especially during times when you are not at home. Compared to dogs, cats only eat as much as they need at the time.
Most of the dry cat foods are fairly rich in carbohydrates and cats do not require too much of it. You can instead buy frozen cat foods and cook it. For cats with special needs such as those that are diabetic, you can speak to your veterinarian on specialized diet food for your cat.
Your cat should get nutritious and healthy diet. By feeding your cat protein rich food, you don't just save yourself on vet trips and bills but you can also ensure your cat's health and prolong its life.
|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).|