More Cat Care Information:
All cats are obviously not the same similar to every other animal or human. Regardless, I can tell you that most cats will enjoy my petting method and petting strategies to the fullest. The most important thing to know before anything is your one on one bond with your cat or in a simpler form trust. If your cat doesn't trust you or feels comfortable around you that would be your biggest problem. For the trustworthy relationships I have some crucial tips and tricks for you to follow the next time your cat needs attention.
|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.
Ironic as this sounds I grew up having no interest in cats let alone didn't really even like them. As a child my personal experiences with cats were never good for me because I never could understand them and having such a passion for dogs at the time I didn't realize how extravagant these creatures really were. As I started growing up around the age of 18 at Christmas time I had an unknown kitten living in my garage and my dad that didn't accept this continually tried to drive it away but it didn't ever seem to leave. Well after a week of trying to flee the kitten away it would just start hanging out by our backdoor of our house. As this became a daily thing for us my dad finally found it in his heart to let this poor little creature live at our place until we could find it a new home. Unfortunately, we kind of put it off because of our busy lives and we decided that this kitten is now our new pet. Long story short I feel like our new pet was blessed because of the pride this cat had and never gave up. He now is spoiled completely and is one of the most important things in my dad's life.
|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.|
With all this being said I started learning a lot about cats and their behavior. Which led me to creating my petting strategies. The two favorite spots a cat likes to be scratched is on their forehead and between the ears for instance my cat will approach me using his head to throw up my hand telling me what he wants. Also scratching under the chin and along the throat can be just as effective especially when you do it right after the forehead and ears. Keep in mind always pet a cat in the direction of its fur and be careful of the sensitive spot above the tail. Depending on the cat they may like to be petted there but some do not so find out if your does. Also, be aware of too much petting, your cat could nip at you letting you know it's too much or too hard. If you happen to walk by your cat in the house I recommend to bend down and pet him or her, they seem to enjoy the acknowledgment and care you show. Never force your cat to do anything that the number one wrong thing to do, cats extremely dislike being pushed or forced. You have let your cat want to cuddle with you or any other task you are trying to achieve. The calmer you are the better off you are cats get spooked very easily and have keen senses so never be too aggressive. If you pick up your cat make sure to always use two hands and place your hands one under the chest and the other under his or her back legs. You will know when you have created this special bond with your cat by the end trust me.
Once you have acquired this relationship put the icing on the cake with cat products for your cat. Owning cat beds and cat toys can really jumpstart your cats sense of importance to you.
These may seem basic to some but you try these things and your bond will literally change before your eyes. You may even get a little irritated at your cat for demanding too much attention, it's a good thing.
|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).|