More Cat Care Information:
Cats too need omega 3 fatty acids. They in fact need omega 3 for almost the same reason as we need it. Getting sufficient omega 3 in their diet is good for their heart, nervous system, and joints. It also gives them healthier skin and a shiny coat. Its always a pleasure to see an animal with a nice shiny coat and not scratching most of the time, they appear a lot healthier. Too much scratching results in raw spots that can result in 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.
I have researched quite a bit on omega 3. I know that you won't find it in dog food, dogs usually don't eat fish, but cats certainly do. Don't you think they would have omega 3 in their diet? Check again. Your cat's food would be complete only if it contains omega 3 in the form of salmon, tuna, halibut, or any other oily fish .
Have cats gotten away from fish? I checked out my cats food, there was some fish in it all right, but not the oily kind. No omega 3. He was being served chicken, beef, turkey, but no omega 3 fatty acids. I looked at the super market. Most of the food cats eat don't contain just fish. If the food does contain fish, it isn't always the oily type.
|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.|
I tried giving my cat salmon. He stuck up his nose and walked away. I tried giving him shark once too. I was not sure if it contained omega 3's or not, but he walked away from that one too. My cat would rather have roast beef or fried chicken than fish.
What can you do then? Cats are stubborn. They eat just what they want. Sorta like a small child. Ever try to give one a pill? Or spray them with flea spray? Its not a good experience.
I know where you can get omega 3 in an oily form for cats. Each capsule contains 223 mg of omega 3 in it. The capsules are made out of fish oil. I give him one a day. I squeeze the ingredients out of the capsule onto his food once a day. My cat doesn't like fish, but putting this on a can of beef in gravy makes it palatable for him.
Getting omega 3 into your cats diet has been shown to strengthen their immune system. With a regular dosage of omega 3, hopefully my cat will lead many more years of a healthy life.
Check your cats food and see if it has any or enough omega 3 in it. You may be surprised.
|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).|