More Cat Care Information:
Most of the cats live their entire lives without getting brushed. Cat grooming is vital for good cat health. Cats do not like to be brushed. Cats are taken care of in all ways but they are rarely brushed. Grooming cats is an important part of cat care. Whether your pet cat is purebred or mixed breed, you need to take care of its eyes, ears and coat. The key to grooming is in the length of the coat.
|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.
Cats shed and thus weekly brushing is a must. This removes dead hair that would have ended up on your sofa, floor or may be even your cup of tea. This will help your cat during hairball control. Buy a good stainless steel comb to groom your cat.
Cats are extremely clean animals. But, the cleanest of cats often need to be bathed. Unneutered male cats smell more than the neutered ones. Cats with long hair are susceptible to urine and feces getting stuck on their fur. This causes health problems for the cat like their skin might feel irritated and get infected. This also leads to bad odor. If your cat has long hair, regular grooming is necessary.
|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.|
Hairball is another name of undigested wet hair in the stomach. They are not in the shape of balls but sausage shaped and is formed when your pet cat swallows a lot of hair after grooming. Medical term for hair ball is “trichobezoar”. It is not a pleasant experience for your cat, and long haired cats ten to have more hairballs than short haired cats. Regular grooming controls hairball population within your home. Brushing your cat a few times in a week will remove dead hair and this means less hairballs on your expensive furniture and rugs.
Your cat licks the fur, the rough tongue loosens the dead hair and thus most of the hair sticks to the tongue. But, your cat cannot spit it out. Only option left with him is to swallow it. This hair gets through the digestive tract with no problem, but sometimes there is too much hair. Sometimes hairballs are too big and make your cat sick. In some cases surgery becomes necessary to remove them.
Although this cannot be prevented, you can do some things like:
Groom your cat, brush him and wipe him down with a wet cloth. This will remove all the hair that is missed by the brush.
If the problem persists use petroleum based products as a remedy, they act as a laxative to pass the hairball.
Cat illnesses are a result of not brushing and feces sticking to the hair of your pet cat. Hair ball is also one of the problems arising from not grooming and brushing your cat.
|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).|