More Cat Care Information:
All of us cat owners know cat hair is a nuisance.
|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.
The hair seems to love clinging to carpets and fabrics and mocks our attempts to leave the house with hair free clothes. Besides, cat hair is prone to floating which causes the hair settling down onto just about everything you own.
I leave you with some tips I hope are useful in the fight against cat hair.
|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.|
- Start from the inside out! Like our hair, your cat’s coat is a reflection of what he eats. According to PetMD a nutrition rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids will help soften skin and reduce excess shedding.
- Brush your cat about twice a week – this will significantly cut down on the amount of hair rolling through your house. I brush Mister Cat usually two times a week and he really enjoys being brushed. I use a regular cat brush, but you can try the famous FURminator.
- For your clothes keep a lint roller on your entrance hallway, for a quick hair removal session before you leave the house. There’s nothing more embarrassing that being at a work meeting and suddenly realize your black cardigan is covered in white cat hair – it’s happened to me!
- For your furniture you can try a rubber glove scrub. Put the gloves on and moisten them with some sprinkles of water. Then wipe the hair of the problematic areas – the rubber gloves will act like a magnet to hair.
- Floors should be vacuumed, swept, or dusted on a regular basis to avoid the accumulation of cat hair. Since I only have one cat, I do this once a week, but I probably should do it twice a week.
- Before vacuuming, spread baking soda over the carpets. The baking soda loosens the hair from the carpet fibers and, at the same time, will also help deodorize the carpets.
|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).|