More Cat Care Information:
|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.
I remember, when I was a child, that our cats lived long and healthy lives. Twenty was common and thirty not unusual.
I also remember that trips to the veterinarian were rare.
And that our cats were often fed table scraps and raw meat and bones.
Cat health problems didn't seem to be an issue.
Nowadays, it seems that cats barely live beyond ten.
And vet clinics are kept very busy by worried pet people.
Could there be a connection? A connection between frequent visits to the vet and cats dying young?
In my opinion, there is.
Let me explain, before you get hot under the collar about how good your vet is. (And yes, I do concede that there are good vets about, but they are few and far between and usually holistic.)
Veterinary schools are now partially financed by the top (and wealthy) commercial pet food industry corporations. They 'educate' the students how wonderful and nutritious their food is. You only have to look at the reception area of most vets, to know what I'm talking about. Packs and tins are piled high to the ceiling.
But, if the students did a bit of digging, they'd find that almost all commercial pet food is very far from healthy. So unhealthy, in fact, that it is killing your cat.
Some students do go digging and so reject the commercial pet food. Others comply with the industry and advocate its use widely. After all, look at the profit they make. It's a double scoop.
Once for the purchase of the food.
|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.|
And again for the consultations and drugs when your cat inevitably falls sick.
So what can you do about cat health problems?
Diet is crucial to a healthy life. The daily intake of low quality food (if you can call it that), poisonous preservatives (too toxic to comply with human food laws) and artificial nutrients (which aren't easily absorbed) create havoc to your cat's health.
The pretty labelling and fashionable words (natural, science, etc) have no substance. There are few, if any, laws in most countries, for the pet food industry. And what there are, are easily manipulated or side stepped.
Cat health problems has reached an all time high, because you're not being told the truth. Like many other areas in your life, you're being manipulated for profit. You only have to listen to the good (almost always holistic) vets to know that this is true.
Almost as a body they are claiming that serious feline diseases can be cured by a switch to a natural meat and bones diet. Diseases like hypertension, the so-called inevitable age related diseases, cystitis, dead mothers and babies, heart disease, tumours and cancer, hip dysplasia, skin and hair problems, renal problems, spinal myelopathy, feline leukaemia, this list goes on.
I do believe that there are other contributory factors to cat health problems, apart from diet. But as diet is daily consumed, I feel it is the major contributor by far.
Cat health problems can be resolved, not just prevented, by a switch to a diet more in keeping with how cats evolved.
Once the diet is addressed to one more in keeping with how a cat evolved (you can't beat nature, even though we keep trying), the cat's immune system comes up and they are much better equipped to deal with other damaging causes.
|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).|