More Cat Care Information:
As a general rule of thumb, most people don't think cats have as many medical problems as other animals, especially if they live indoors. Because of this notion, most agree that pet care insurance is more appropriate for outdoor cats or dogs.
|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.
Although indoor cats tend to have fewer medical problems than outdoor pets, they can still incur serious and expensive cat health care problems.
Curious cats can get into trouble while playing with items in your home. Ribbons, yarn and string can cause intestinal obstruction and can be fatal.
Dozens of indoor plants are toxic to cats, and ingesting them can cause upset stomachs, heart collapse, kidney failure and even death.
During the holidays, pet health can also be seriously compromised by something as seemingly innocent as tinsel, which can cause internal blockages and often requires surgery to remove.
When these things happen, cat owners often don't realize that the veterinary cost can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars without the help of pet insurance.
|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 following are some reasons to consider pet care insurance for your indoor kitty:
- Cats are good at hiding symptoms: Cats are more sedentary by nature, which mean that cat owners are not as likely to notice symptoms their kitties might be displaying.
- Indoor cats are still at risk: Some other common problems for indoor cats include- cystitis, digestive upsets, cancer, diabetes, thyroid disease, leukemia, kidney failure and even heart disease. Thousands of medical conditions can occur in indoor felines.
- The cost of treating felines is just as expensive as other animals: Cats tend to have fewer veterinary visits overall, but when they do have an illness or injury, costs can add up.
- Pet insurance coverage is cost effective for cats: Pets Best Insurance feline rates start as low as $9 per month for kittens and average less than $25 per month for adult cats with the same coverage no matter the age of the cat.
- Pet insurance increases spending power: Pet owners who have insurance for their indoor cats will be able to afford nearly FIVE TIMES the veterinary care with pet health insurance that pays 80% of veterinary cost after the deductible- like Pets Best Insurance does.
Overall, pet insurance allows cat owners to budget for their cats' care and provides peace of mind in the case of pet health emergencies and unexpected illnesses.
|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).|