More Cat Care Information:
Everyone knows that kittens are small but they don't usually stay that way. Many people don't realize that there are some breeds that stay small. So here are a few breeds that do.
|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.
The Singapura is considered the smallest of the cat breeds. These cuties grow to weigh between 5 and 8 pounds which is about half the size of a normal cat. They have large eyes and long ears with a petite, delicate frame. Their markings are like the ticked tabby. Singapura's love to climb and have a very busy and playful personality. These are very loving cats and need lots of attention. Engaging them in activity multiple times each day will help keep them healthy. The origin of the Singapura is unclear. It is thought that cats from Singapore where exported to the US then taken back over. The result was the Singapura breed. It was then recognized in Japan as a formal breed by cat breeders.
The Munchkin breed is slightly smaller than the average cat but has short legs. This breed was established in the 1980's and are very energetic. Their running and jumping abilities are close to that of a normal sized cat but they may not be able to jump quite as high. These cats weigh between 5 and 9 pounds and are bred to emphasize their dwarfism. The shortness of their legs is caused by a genetic mutation. This mutation can cause some health issues but generally these are healthy cats.
|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.|
The Cornish Rex has a different look from most cats. They don't have any outer layers of hair. They are covered in a soft wavy under coat that feels like down feathers. These are a petite cat with features similar to the Siamese as well as being very intelligent. With a slender body and big ears, the Cornish Rex is very affectionate and creates a strong bond with its owner. These cat weigh between 6 and 10 pounds and retain a kitten-like appearance and personality.
The Devon Rex has some similarities to the Cornish Rex but they are not closely related. Both breeds come from the same area in England but have a different genetic mutation. These cats have a slender body, big ears and a waxiness to their coats. The Devon Rex is a highly intelligent cat and can be taught tricks, similar to a dog. These cats weigh between 5 and 10 pounds and have a bold personality.
The American Curl is typically a smaller breed but can come in a range of sizes. Their name is derived from the outward curl on the end of its ears. This “earl curl”, as it's called, requires some extra care from their owners to keep their ears clean. Their ears are rather delicate so you need to be careful around them. The American Curl is very active and friendly. They make great family pets and weigh between 5 and 10 pounds.
There are three types of small cat breeds. These are dwarf, miniature and teacup. While there are subtle differences between them, they all have the common trait of being smaller when full grown. You should be warned that when seeking a small cat that not all petite cats are true miniatures.
|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).|