More Cat Care Information:
When it comes to buying a pedigree cat, there can be quite a large upfront cost involved to get a good quality animal. How much you want to spend may depend on the reason for the purchase – are you looking for a pet to be a member of the family or are you planning to breed the cat? If it is the former, then the most expensive cats may not be right for you but for a breeding program, you want the best you can afford.
|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.
Siamese cats are a highly popular breed of cat and can also be quite expensive, depending on the breeder and the bloodline of the cat. But the upfront cost isn't the only thing to consider when pricing up a Siamese.
It is possible to rehome a Siamese cat from a shelter or take in one from a breeder who hasn't been able to home it. This is likely to lowest cost way to get a Siamese but the background of a rehomed animal may not be known. If you plan to breed they will likely have been neutered or spayed so won't be any good for this purpose. But if you are looking for a pet, then giving a home to an abandoned animal is a great thing to do.
If you want to breed or show the cat, then you will need to contact a registered breeder to find good quality animals. There are a number of cat registries around the world that have breeder lists and this is the best way to find someone. Talk to a few to get an idea about cost and quality of the cat as the prices can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the background of the cat.
|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.|
As with any animal, once you have bought it, there are other costs involved. There are the day-to-day costs of food, cat litter, toys and furniture and there are also the costs involved with regular and unexpected vet fees.
Siamese are known as a generally healthy breed of cat who don't face some of the genetic problems of breeds such as the Persian. Breeders have worked hard in recent decades to rid the Siamese of the more extremes of shape and form that had been popular at one time and this also reduces the risk of associated health problems. Kittens with problems of this nature will not be sold to people seeking to show or breed either.
One common problem facing Siamese are respiratory problems including infections such as calcivirus and feline rhinotracheitis. These are most common in young cats who have not yet had the injections to protect them from the illnesses.
Another problem can be overgrooming and associated skin and hair conditions such as alopecia. This is where the cat grooms itself bald due to stress or other behavioural problems and can have a knock-on effect including skin infections, hairball problems and other stomach issues.
In terms of vet fees, the Siamese are said to be the most expensive cat in the US with an average bill of $400. But this should be taken into account with the fact that they are the most popular and therefore numerous breed of cat in the country.
|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).|