More Cat Care Information:
To have a cat strong and healthy, it is essential that you are fed properly. Gone are the days when being an animal is fed with leftovers, and our cat has special requirements to be healthy.
|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.
It is true that cats are a bit demanding when eating. Anything, as leftovers, eats them only rarely and on a whim. This is mainly due to their nutritional needs. Our cat is a very careful eater, who refuses his food if it smells good, or is not served at the proper temperature. Your senses of smell and taste, you can detect if the food is not fresh.
One of the first things we learn as owners of these gourmets is that you need to feed every day at the same time.
It can happen to our cat, in his nocturnal escapades, supplement their diet by hunting and eating small prey, which in no way means that you are hungry or increasing you ration food, and avoid this. The cat hunting instinct, even the best fed a mouse hunt, if presented the opportunity.
The cat, not a vegetarian and mandatory nutrient needs of animal origin and is unable to survive long on a diet completely free of meat.
The best way to ensure that your cat enjoys a balanced diet, is offering food prepared specifically for them, either canned or dry food or semi-dry, which contain the nutritional elements necessary for nourishment. In addition, you can give fresh food once or twice a week, to provide variety and interest to your diet. These foods can be cooked beef, broiled, grilled, or with some vegetables, canned sardines, chicken, fish stew, etc.., Taking care to remove all the thorns and bones.
|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.|
Always bear in mind that food should be fed with specially formulated for cats, for example, should not be formulated to feed the dogs, because the cat needs 20% more protein than dogs, and require certain animal fats encuenran only in meats and fish (such as tureen).
Dry foods, be used as part of the diet, given that this type of food, increase the water requirement of the animal. It is best to alternate them with canned and fresh foods to make more balanced diet.
Whatever type of food you use, your cat should always have fresh water, so that you can eat according to your requirements.
A normal adult cat should weigh between 4 and 5 Kgs, but the weight of a cat varies according to the complexion of the race.
Eating well does not mean overweight. An overweight cat has a large abdomen that hangs down, breathing heavily and becomes less active. That excess kilos on requires the heart and makes you more prone to arthritis and other diseases as they age. Sometimes you can try a hormonal problem, but usually a fat cat, because they eat much more than you need.
If your cat is overweight, check with the vet if not the result of a medical problem, if not, the specialist can advise which is the best diet for your cat to lose weight, taking into account race, age, physical condition, and naturally, their own tastes and preferences, and remember, a cat overweight, has a much lower life expectancy than other cats.
|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).|