More Cat Care Information:
If you will look for cat food reviews online you will definitely see many reviews that are worth reading because they contain useful information. These are mostly written by pet experts who know what is good for our feline friends. All cat owners should be concerned about the food they give to their cats. There are just too many choices in the market this is why the need for a good guide is in order. There is dry, wet, organic, all-natural, etc. Without a guide, you can easily get confused. What really makes a good pet food? This article will try to answer that question and more.
|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.
Different nutritional requirements
If you notice that you your pet is showing some health problems, then maybe it is time that you pay closer attention to your cat's diet. If your cat starts vomiting, for example then you should check his vomit to see if it has food particle. If you see purely hair balls, then maybe it is only because of hair. But if you see undigested food particles then maybe it is time that you think of replacing the food you are giving to your cat, we should always be mindful of what we are giving to our cats. Sometimes, we tend to forget that they are not humans and we think that what we eat is good for them as well. It is always important to remember that cats have different nutritional requirements than humans.
|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.|
Cost of cat food
More often than not, it is the cost of cat food that influences the decision of consumers. You cannot blame the people though, we live in a time when money is not that easy to come by. Every cent counts. And we want to make the most out of our income. What many fail to realize though is that getting cheap pet food may cost more money in the long run. This is because cheap health food can cause health problems that may lead pet owners to incur medical expenses. It is better to spend on expensive pet food now than to spend on medicines in the future. When it comes to choosing pet food, you should always consider the health of your cat first. Everything else should be secondary.
When it comes to specific ingredients, you should choose cat food that contain whole meats. Beef, chicken, fish and lamb are just some of the good meats that are ideal for your cat. Meat is rich in protein. Your cat needs protein for it to grow properly. You should avoid cat food that contain animal byproducts. This is because animal byproducts do not contain nutrients that are useful for cats. They are used only as fillers. Yes, cats may find them tasty and filling but they do not contribute to your cat's growth and development.
Cat food reviews
It is useful to read pet meal reviews but you should choose your source well. You should choose reviews that are not biased and report only the truth about pet meal.
|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).|