More Cat Care Information:
An owner of a kitten is in an ideal position to give their new feline companion a pet diet that will look after their health from a young age.
|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.
Pets are sometimes difficult to please with food – they want a pet diet that is balanced, healthy and above all tasty. A regular supply of quality cat nutrition will help your pet grow from a vulnerable kitten to a strong, healthy adult cat.
An adult cat will have strong bones and muscles, and you can see that a cat is in good health when you notice its bright eyes and a shiny coat.
|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.|
It is paramount that a pet diet for a cat is full of the essential vitamins and quality meat products to keep him in good health, and held ward off illnesses. Cats require a high amount of protein in their diet. Not having enough will mean that a cat's body will break up the protein found in their own muscles.
Another vital element of cat nutrition is Taurine. It is an amino acid that is required to keep their bodily functions in good order. Quality cat food will have Taurine added to its ingredients.
Water is always being mentioned as an important factor in cat nutrition and plays an important part in any animal's pet diet. A kitten or a cat will not survive if they have no water; they lose water on a daily basis via their skin, breath and urination. It is therefore important that you keep you cat's bowl topped up at all times, and that you refresh it at least once per day.
At Hills Pets we pride ourselves on the wide range of online quality pet food that is full of quality ingredients and essential vitamins which are ideal for kittens and 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).|