More Cat Care Information:
When your pet has feline UTI, it is quite difficult to recognize the disease. But when your cat has had UTI before, you might worry about a re-occurrence. Your pet can only keep on meowing but you will never understand what she is saying to you. You may not even spot urine crystals.
|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.
Thankfully, you can test your cat's waste easily, without having to spend a lot of money for it, and you can do it right at home. Even if you are not a veterinarian or if you have no formal training to do this, you can easily get wind of the whole testing process.
1. Buy non-absorbent litter or aquarium gravel from any pet store.
2. Buy urine pH strips.
3. Place your kitty in an exclusive area just for her along with her water, food, and superbly clean litter box but covered with the aquarium gravel or the non-absorbent litter. The litter box should be wiped absolutely clean for the testing to give more accurate results. Create a relaxing environment for your kitty by putting her favorite toys, playing classical music, and others.
|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.|
4. Follow her litter pan habits. This way, you will gain access to the freshest samples available in her litter pan. What you should do is to observe her silently for a few days. You should follow her around. The fresher the samples are the better. If you will let her relax in her designated areas, she will empty her bladder and bowels regularly without distraction.
5. Using the urine pH test strip, get a urine sample. Let the liquid sample sip throughout the strip for a minute. Then, look at the reading. Refer to the figures in the urine pH test strip kit. This will serve as your guide to help you interpret the result. If the strip reads between 6.4-6.6, then your kitty is alright. However, when the reading is out of the normal range, either higher or lower than the range, you should immediately consult her veterinarian.
With this feline UTI testing, you can conduct the test at home without too much preparation. You will not be bothered with setting up an appointment for a visit to the veterinary clinic. Moreover, you can interpret the result of the test even without medical training. However, you should not completely rely on this testing. If you notice certain discrepancies, consult the vet immediately.
|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).|