More Cat Care Information:
|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.
For years, I thought that the best cat food was bought from the supermarket, in tins, packets and boxes. After all, the labels said things like “scientifically proven” and “recommended by vets” and “low ash”, things that seemed to indicate to me the manufacturers knew what they were talking about.
I don't doubt, that you do or perhaps did, feel the same.
It's easier to assume the best if you have high demands on your time. And who hasn't these days?
It was only when I started looking at a more holistic way of treatment, that I began to run into the idea that perhaps commercial pet food wasn't the best way.
After all, the makers of such food are normal people trying to make their business pay. It's tempting to cut corners. And the more corners you cut, the easier it becomes.
Now, you're probably as concerned as I am about the lack of quality in commercial pet food. From the low grade meat, to the meat-by-products, to the high fat, to the synthetic nutrients, to the chemical preservatives. Even the cans aren't safe, with BPA in the lining leaking into the food.
Really, the only way to ensure your family or your pet is getting proper nutrition is to make it yourself, from scratch.
And, of course, just as you and your family want variety, so too does your cat.
So you're looking for some inspiring cat food recipes?
Ones that are quick to deliver after a hard day's work?
|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.|
Ones that are nutritious and balanced to ensure your cat's ongoing good health?
Ones that don't cost an arm and a leg?
Well, you've come to the right place!
When I adopted the idea of homemade cat food, I struggled with providing my cats with food they would eat and which was healthy. It took a lot of trial and error, but I got there in the end.
Now I know what the most nutritious cat food is, I know what cats like and I can vary the meals so they get something different every day of the week.
I thought others might like to learn from my experiences, rather than make their own mistakes. Why reinvent the wheel? This other has gone before and ironed out the wrinkles for you!
Cat food recipes must contain the essential meat that cats need, but just by varying one ingredient, you can create a difference that will stimulate your cats appetite.
And it's just so easy!
OK, I admit, it's not quite as easy as opening a can or box. But then, I'm guessing you're looking beyond that, for quality and health enhancing nutrition.
Good quality homemade cat food recipes are fun to make, easy to do and ensures your cat's optimum health.
The emphasis is on good quality.
I've read many different cat food recipes which really aren't worth the paper they're written on. It's obvious that the writer hasn't done any research into the dietary requirements of cats.
My cat food recipes are based on what I have researched, but also what holistic veterinarians are saying, as a body. They're saying what really works, what diseases, often serious, melt away with a proper diet, made from good quality homemade cat food recipes.
|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).|