More Cat Care Information:
Scratching is a very instinctive behavior for cats. They scratch when they are stressed, they scratch when playing and they scratch when they want to mark their territory. However, there are also high chances that your cat is going loco on your furniture and destroying all fabrics that come in its way for no reason. If it's going beyond control and they're doing it on your furniture all the time, you can take a few steps to control them.
|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.
Discourage the cats
The first thing that you can do is to make the scratch-friendly surfaces less inviting. In order to do so, a simple herbal spray deterrent would make the surface less appealing. Whether it be the leg of a couch, or its seat, the cat scratches to mark its territory. If you replace its scent on the couch with a rather unappealing scent, you can discourage its repetitive scratching.
Offer it alternatives
|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.|
Provide the cats a toy that they can dig their claws in. You can give them scratch poles, an extra cushion that they can scratch all they want or other such products. It could even be dangling toys that are a bit above their heights. Give them the alternative of their choice. Do consider if they want a soft or a hard surface. If you are unsure, try giving it a couple of things and experiment to see what they really like. In order to encourage them to scratch, sprinkle a little catnip on the toys. However, don't try to force the cat on to the new surface; it might only scare the poor creature and it might never go in that area again.
Dull the claws
You should maintain your cat's health and hygiene by cutting its nails regularly. If you do not do so, you might be calling upon some serious danger on your furniture and other household items. It might even scratch your skin through your clothes if it feel like it. You can even put on plastic claws on the nails to make them less damaging. These claws often last around five weeks. Some people even have their cats declawed. The term is pretty misleading as it implies only removal of claws, however, it involves amputation of its toes. Another surgery called the Tendonectomy, implies the removal of tendons in the cat that disable it to extend its claws permanently. However, depriving the poor thing of its claws sounds evil. It is better if any of the other choices solves your problem.
|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).|