More Cat Care Information:
The latest models of cat beds generally look attractive. Each of these beds will attract at least one type of people. However, there are also other features that you must consider, such as the material that the bed is made of.
|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.
A stylish bed will certainly add to the attractive look of your house, especially if you choose to place it in your living room. You could choose a color that will blend with the rest of your house's decor. A contrasting color wouldn't be so bad, either, depending on what you are going for.
Cat beds are not as intricate as cat condos but you should still choose one carefully for your pet. You have to make sure that the bed is not just colorful and fun like your pet's toys. A cat bed should even be more comfortable than a cat carrier. After all, your cat will be spending whole nights, maybe even whole afternoons, lying down on it. It would then be best if it can get up from its bed, feeling well-rested.
|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.|
Style and comfort should always be balanced when it comes to cat beds. The case for comfortable beds is very clear. You have to make sure that your cat will find itself as snug, warm and comfortable as it would be in your couch or bed. Your cat, after all, may have a tendency to jump on your bed for some relaxation from time to time. There is also a strong case for style, though. Just imagine buying a comfortable but ugly-looking pile of mattress and treat it as your cat's bed. While your cat may be happy enough with the warmth and softness, you may not be happy to see the makeshift bed littering your hallways.
It is easy enough to understand how style and comfort should be balanced when it comes to your cat's bed. Finding the right balance is also easy enough with the many available models out there. It is not enough for you to take a pick from some of the most attractive and most comfortable cat beds out there. You must also know where to put the cat bed of your choice.
|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).|