More Cat Care Information:

When you stand and look at yourself in a mirror you obviously know that it is you. This statement may sound silly, but, if you are an animal you may be in for more troubled times when determining who that stranger is standing opposite.

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.

Cats make for great pets; they are cute, playful and practically look after themselves. They can be quite intelligent animals at times, although more on subjects they choose to be interested in. You would not really know when looking at our feline friends about the similarities they have in relation to us. Surprisingly however they actually have astoundingly close links to the human brain. When cats see themselves in a mirror it depends on the age and intelligence of the cat itself as to whether they think it is a totally different cat, or just a reflection staring back.

Cats have similar thoughts to us on subjects such as 'where is my food?' and 'what was that loud noise'? Because of this, one of the best ways to gauge whether you think your cat can tell who it is or not, is by observing their reaction. Kittens will mainly just think another kitten is there to play with. They will jump and run around the mirror looking for the reflective playmate. After a short while they will soon become uninterested when they realise the kitten in the mirror does not want to play their game properly.

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.

Some cats may not have ever seen a mirror until they are an older. On a first encounter they will be cautious and possibly anger when approaching the 'mystery cat'. Some will arch their backs and hiss, protecting them from an intruder. Others may approach in a more friendly manor looking to sniff the 'other cats' mouth to see what they have been snacking on. If the cat is able to realise it is not them by doing this (and some definitely will), they could perhaps not care and walk away, never knowing the answer. Then again why do they need to know? Cats never have to use or understand mirrors.

I own two cats and one of them will sit and stare at the mirrored wardrobes from a distance. If I sit with him and look in the mirror too, he just looks at me. This must mean my little fat cat is secretly intelligent and knows who the moggy in the mirror sat next to me is!

To conclude, cats will continue to do as they please and if they do not want to go near a mirror, or care who is looking back at them, they will simply wander off.

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).
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