More Cat Care Information:
Other pets like dogs gel with their master very fast, but cats are reserved and takes a bit more time. Felines love their privacy and hence they don't create the bond that easily. You will have to make some effort and gradually develop that friendship and understanding.
|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.
Don't rush into anything, take your time and understand the behavior of the feline. Cats love their privacy, so give them the space they want. Give her the affection that she expects from you and take care of the following points, to make a strong bond with her.
1.Study the cat behavior
There are certain behaviors that come naturally to every cat. Research and study about it. Respect the natural instincts of kitties like aggression, hunting nature and find means to deal with it. Don't scold or punish them if they are being stubborn as it's not their fault. Discourage their bad behaviors slowly and gradually they will adapt to your rules and regulation. You will have to be patient with them as cats don't like being forced for anything.
2.Create a friendly connect
|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.|
Create a connect with your feline, just like you do with your friends. Play with her, go out for a walk with her in the evening. Cats are just like kids. You can even tame them by buying gifts for them. You can get stuffed toys, scratching post or even cozy bed for them. They will gradually start liking you. Spend some quality time with your pet whenever you get time. Make her take a nap on your lap. Friendship is the first step of the unbreakable relationship between a pet and the master.
3.Behave like cats
At times, when you are sitting ideal, you can even spend your time by behaving like a cat. Play hide and seek with your kitty, catch the toy mice with her and she will love it. You can even get dresses in the cat costume. There are a lot of cat themed outfits available online. Draw cat nose, whiskers, attach a tail and you will amaze your kitty.
4.Understand the eye gestures
Cats speak a lot through their eyes. Try and read those gestures. They have a peculiar way of expressing their feeling. They do not wag their tail or lick like dogs do. You have to keep an eye on the behavior of your kitty to understand these expressions. Make your eye contact and show your love to her. Gentle pat on the head and at the back can do the magic for you. Teach them some basic trick and manners. The kitty will let you know if she does not like the flavor of the food or anything of that sort, through her eyes. Change the cat food instantly. The kitty will return your love, affection and care in the same manner.
Unlike dogs, cats have a reserve nature. They take time to understand the human nature. You will have to take the initiative to clear the cloud between you two. Give the introvert feline her time and you will get the friend for your life.
|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).|