More Cat Care Information:
The essence of a happy cat is an enriching environment, which improves the quality of their lives by increased physical activity, stimulating natural behaviors, and preventing violent behavior. The facility places music to enhance the quality of the environment, and they also take requests of songs that are enjoyed by your cat. The suites have fun and interactive toys, which help them enjoy and remain happy and secure during their short stay at this place. People may require long term boarding facility because of relocation or hospital stay, and they are allowed to visit as often as they wish.
|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.
Who looks after them?
The facility has professionals who maybe veterinary nurses or people who understand the requirements of cats. Prior to placing them here, a few clarifications are taken such if they enjoy the company of others and whether they get violent in any situation in particular. Depending on the facility that has been opted for different protocols of admission could be followed, which is done as a precaution to avoid causing any discomfort in future during the stay.
|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.|
The stress of being away from the owner and in an unfamiliar environment is understandable. Thus, by providing for essentials, such as access to fresh water and proper diet, appropriate shelter and comfortable resting area, up to date with vaccinations and preventative worming & flea treatment, providing sufficient space and company of the animal's own kind, and conditions and treatment which prevent mental suffering.
Vaccination is important to prevent most of the diseases. They will be tested and vaccinated against FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), because they will be interacting with others too. It should be kept in its own container prior to admission to avoid unnecessary delays. To ensure familiarity with the environment bringing a few of its own furnishing such as bedding helps them feel comforted in the initial period. To avoid unnecessary expenditure, treatments for fleas and worms needs to be performed otherwise they would be done at the expense of the owner.
What should be brought?
By bringing along the familiar objects from home such as toys, blankets or bedding helps them feel secure. Of course there are comfortable warm beds for them, but to help in the transition it helps to have familiar objects around. Moreover, always provide essential medical details and other dietary precautions to avoid any discomfort for them.
|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).|