More Cat Care Information:

As we get older most of us are already starting to feel chronicle pains associate with articular degenerative sickness of some kind. We wake up in the morning with all kinds of stiffness and movement rigidity in some part or the other of our body.

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.

We all know that dogs often suffer from articular pains. We often hear the word dysplasia which is the typical term used for describing degenerative sickness on dogs. Sometime its on a hip or at other times on a leg joint. But what about cats? Those small animals full of flexibility and agility. Could it be that their articulations be less affected by old age than ours. Well its a resounding no! When studied under radiography it shows that on the majority cats older than ten years have arthritis lesions and visible signs of degenerative articulatory damages even though most of them don't seems to show any symptoms of suffering pain. A cat is a very proud and secretive animal who does not like us to know that it has pains.

Results of study.

Researchers who studied Older cats articular problems articular degenerative diseases on cats. When studied under radiography taken ed on many cats brought to the veterinary for various medical reasons (but in most case because the cats were limping or because of articular pains) Here is what they discovered:

  • In one study alone , 80 percent of cats have shown some kind of lesions due to articular degenerative sickness.
  • During another study, 92 percent of the cats of over 12 years of age and older under radio graphic studies had articular degeneration symptoms. But only 4 percent of them would show evident limping signs.
  • 100 percent of cats over 15 years of age had articular degenerative lesions.
  • Another further study was made on cats sent to a veterinarian university school, it was discovered that 34 percent of all cats older than 10 years old are showing signs of articular degeneration when studied under radiography, while only 16.5 percent of them was showing any signs of having slight problems.
  • This is to say that the majority of cats over 10 years old have a very good chance of suffering from articular pains even if they don't show an y outward signs of suffering, for the simple reason that cats do not like us to know that they are suffering.

    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.

    Big cats are more at risk and sometime they do show some small signs of having articular pains.

    During another study prospects, a total number of 1460 cats have been medically followed during a five year period. The study demonstrate that slightly overweight cats tend to be 3 time more at risk of developing articular degenerative lesions and sadly that real overweight cats are 5 time more at risk of developing those articular degeneration diseases. Your cat is very secretive about his pains. It may be already suffering from articular pains if:

  • It is 10 years old or older.
  • It is less active than before and tend to sleep more than usual.
  • If its fur is less glossy and looks less maintained than before.
  • If its movements seems altered and with less suppleness.
  • It seems to have occasional stiffness.
  • It seems to hesitate before taking a jump.
  • It tend to not jump very high anymore, and sometime miss its target.
  • It occasionally defalcate or urinate outside of its litter box.
  • It is less playful and interact less with you.
  • It hides.
  • It has mood changes, seems more grouchy and less sociable, etc…
  • It has certain periods of meowing without apparent reasons.

What to do?

Just like us cats who present certain symptoms of articular degenerative pains don't have to suffer unnecessarily.

Today's veterinary medicines offers a panoply of alternatives which can be combined to diminish chronicle pains an ameliorate the quality of life of cats suffering from arthritis. So take good care of your cats. They are wonderful friends, and do not deserve to suffer for nothing.

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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