More Cat Care Information:
Cat health problems are some of the most common health problems that veterinarians have been trying to address for years. These animals have been around since ancient times and have become popular household pets. They have been known to be very playful at times and very energetic. But sometimes, they can succumb to disease and illness. There are many cat health problems and it may be hard to identify the specific health problem that the cat may be suffering from.
|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.
Cat health problems are known to severely affect the cat if not treated immediately, so what are common cat health problems? First, we must address the symptoms of an unhealthy cat. Some well known symptoms of an unhealthy cat are loss of appetite, a dull coat, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea. There are many other symptoms and most of them usually depend on any suspicious behavior that the cat may be exhibiting.
The next step would be trying to figure out what the symptoms may mean. Most of these symptoms are indicators of minor conditions such as an upset stomach and colds. Other symptoms may be indicators of serious conditions such as feline diabetes, leukemia, urinary tract infection and respiratory tract infection. Diabetes in cats is just like diabetes in humans. This is usually evident when the cat exhibits such behavior like frequent urination, insatiable thirst and irritability. Feline diabetes is an indicator that the cat's body can no longer process the carbohydrates that it intakes. Feline leukemia is a sickness suffered by cats that affects their immune system. If this disease is not addressed immediately, this can cause cats to develop conditions such as cancer and blood disorders.
|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.|
Feline UTI or urinary tract infection is also very common in cats. Cats tend to eat a lot of strange and dirty food. This food contains bacteria that can cause tract infections and stomach problems for your cat. They can also cause other conditions such as diarrhea and stomach ache. The symptoms that your cat may be suffering from urinary tract infection are unresponsiveness, prolonged illness and a difficulty in breathing for the cat. In order to address these problems, it is best to take the cat to a veterinarian.
There are many other cat health problems out there and these are just some of the more well known conditions that they may suffer from. Cats can suffer from illnesses and conditions such as allergic dermatitis, parasites, bacterial infection, cancer, constipation and blood clots. Majority of cats suffer from common diseases such as allergies and hormonal imbalances. This can cause the cat to exhibit symptoms such as irritability and suspicious behavior. There are many prescription medicines that are available in pharmacies that may help address these problems, but it is best to take the cat to a veterinarian.
A veterinarian is an expert on the different kinds of animal conditions and there remedies. Majority of veterinarians will examine the cat and give prescription drugs or other remedies to address the problem. If the problem is not curable through prescription, veterinarians can address the problem through other methods and techniques.
|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).|