More Cat Care Information:
Cats are by nature fussy and clean animals. You can see them always licking their fur to make it clean and always in proper place. However, even the fussiest cat needs little grooming most especially those having long hair.
|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.
Grooming your pet cat is also a great way to create bond between the pet and the owner. It is also a good time to check your cat's body for any possibility of skin and coat problem such as cat shedding.
Make your cats get used to regular hair brushing and combing while they are still young. Constant combing will remove dead hair and irritating knots as well as lessen the hair swallowed and smaller amount of hairballs.
Brushing your cat's hair should be done twice on a weekly basis, while cats with shorter hair can be brushed even only once per week. There are grooming tools specially designed for combing your long haired cat, however, the most important is brushing them as required. For shorthaired cats, there is a type of brush which will be recommended by your vet.
Ways of Grooming your Cat
When the fur of your cat is not tangled, just brush her hair for at least five minutes. Most cats like having their hair brushed.
If your pet is not comfortable with it, just let her go but you need to try again until she'll get used to it.
There is more time required in brushing longer haired cats. If there are tangled masses of fur, careful and patient brushing should be employed.
To prevent pulling the hair and hurting the cat, hold the fur below the tangles while brushing.
When your cat's hair is really stubborn, it will be wise to take her to professional grooming shop. Cat shedding can also be prevented when the pet is given the proper nutrition.
|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.|
Unless the cat is really dirty or have skin allergies, shorthaired felines do not require bathing.
For cats with long hair, regular bathing is important to maintain the good condition of her coat as well as prevent grease build-ups.
There is a special shampoo intended for cat that your vet can recommend. Also, pet specialists can give you some pieces of advice on proper bathing.
Most cats are not keen on bathing because they don't usually like getting wet. However, you can make the task easier by having a shampoo and towel nearby for quicker bath time. If you cannot manage the cat alone, ask someone to lend you a hand during the cat's bath time.
Before you give your cat a bath, make sure that tangles in her hair are removed by combing them first. Tangled hair can shrink and tighten when they get wet.
If you will bathe your cat in the tub, make sure to fill the bath first with water prior to bringing her in. Noise and water motion can cause agitation in cats that can also make bath time a hard task.
Make sure that the water in the bath is only filled up to the cat's belly. Test the temperature of water to ensure that it's not too hot.
Instead of the bath tub, you can prepare soapy warm water in one pan and another one for rinsing. The amount of water should be just enough for a brisk bath.
Don't pour the water directly to the cat's head or submerge her in the water. During the bath, your cat will sometimes howl, but she's perfectly fine. It's just a sign of surprise and perhaps she's a little frightened.
Once you're done with the bath, wrap her gently in a towel and hug her for a moment. This will give her feeling of assurance. It is also a form of bonding between you and your pet.
|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).|